About Me

Michelle Frasher, Ph.D.

I was an academic for 15 years specializing in international political economy (e.g. the politics of money) – international monetary affairs, counter-finance terrorism (CFT), anti-money laundering (AML), and data protection and privacy (DPP).

In 2013, I published Transatlantic Politics and the Transformation of the International Monetary System, an archival-driven account of the end of the Bretton Woods fixed rate monetary system from American, German, and French perspectives with a forward by Mr. Jacques de Larosière, former Director of the IMF.

But by 2008, well before the publication of that book, I had already moved from the politics of money towards an examination of financial data flows and the illicit economy, which brought me to data governance and deep into data protection and privacy law. In 2014, I was honored to become a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar to Malta and Belgium where I researched the politics, law, and practice of data flows for transatlantic CFT operations across policy-making, banking, and law enforcement groups.

Soon after I became a frequent speaker at professional conferences on the topic, and my research has appeared in numerous scholarly and business forums. In 2016, I published the first study of US-EU AML/CFT and DPP risks to multinational banking institutions with the support of the SWIFT Institute.

Realizing that my expertise had value in the corporate realm, I have been the Director of Global Content for the WorldCompliance database with LexisNexis Risk Solutions since 2016. There, I monitor and analyze global regulatory legislation and guidance to ensure that our data fulfills the KYC needs of our clients. I work closely with the RELX government affairs team to inform the tactical direction of our global regulatory endeavors, and collaborate with the market planning and product teams to maintain and create quality anti-financial crime products and services.

I continue to look for ways to bring practitioners and the academic world together. As such, I serve on the University of South Florida Muma College of Business FinTech Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Board to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Outside the office, I am a trail runner, artist and art historian, a gamer, and a Comic Con nerdMusic is a central part of my life with my talented bassist husband who works with the best production companies in the world as an audio technician.  We love travel, discovering new food and local artisans, and finding cocktail speakeasies in dark alleyways.  I credit my curiosity and versatility to my terrific parents and dedicated mentors. I pay it forward whenever possible.

This site showcases my personal research, and its content is not owned by my employer nor are the opinions expressed within related to my employer. You may contact me via LinkedIn and twitter @michellefrasher