Leanne Ussher is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics at Bard College and Associate Editor of Frontiers Blockchain. Her research specializes in global and local monetary theory, network analysis of corporate finance, and the history of economic thought. Leanne's introduction into monetary systems began as a Securities Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, and via a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. Armed with an appreciation of economic institutions, she pursued her graduate studies into heterodox economics at The New School for Social Research in New York. After receiving a PhD in (post Keynesian) Economics she spent 14 years in academia at the City University of New York, Queens College, as well as Visiting Research Scientist in Complexity at the Institute for Scientific Interchange, Turin, Italy; and as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research and publications have focused on the microstructure of financial systems, systemic risk, agent based modeling and bottom up macroeconomics, and international monetary systems. Outside of academia Leanne has been a Senior Researcher on blockchain ecosystems at Consensys, consultant to the CFA Institute, and Senior Economist at the Hudson Valley Current (a local currency). Leanne is a co-founder of the New York City Computational Economics and Complexity Workshop. Leanne likes to bake bread, compost, and nurture a garden for butterflies, bees and humming birds.