Frances Burwell is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and a senior director at McLarty Associates. Until January 2017, she served as vice president, European Union and Special Initiatives, at the Council; she currently directs the Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative.
Her work focuses on the European Union and US-EU relations as well as a range of transatlantic economic and political issues. In fact, her most recent report is The European Union and the search for digital sovereignty: Building “Fortress Europe” or preparing for a new world? (co-authored). Among her other publications are: Making America First in the Digital Economy: The Case for Engaging Europe (2018); After Brexit: Alternate Forms of Brexit and their Implications (co-authored); Europe in 2022: Alternative Futures (co-authored with Mathew Burrows); and Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership.
additionally, she is also a frequent commentator on European politics and transatlantic relations, with interviews and op-eds appearing in the Huffington Post, Handelsblatt Global Edition, Financial Times, al-Jazeera, BBC, National Public Radio, CNBC, CCTV, among others.
Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Fran Burwell was executive director of the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and also served as founding executive director of Women In International Security. She has a doctorate from the University of Maryland, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.