Dr. Shea Garrison is Women Peace and Security Instructor at the Defense Security Cooperation University and Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. She served as Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America, where she focused on on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights.
Dr. Garrison’s analysis and opinion have appeared in National Review, The Washington Times, The Federalist, Washington Examiner, and The Hill. She speaks about U.S. policy and international issues on national TV and radio and to venues such as Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Heritage Foundation, U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Services Institute.
As an international development professional, Dr. Garrison has traveled throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America delivering capacity building and training assistance to international partners. She has hands-on experience with project design and management, budgeting, recruitment, and grants management. She is well -schooled in USAID programming and policies has worked with a variety of international donors including World Bank, Exxon, FedEx, and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science. She is proficient in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, in the analysis of economic indicators and causal models, and in the design and implementation of research projects including in quantitative and qualitative methods
Garrison holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Tulane University in International Development, where she was adjunct faculty in 2015. In 2014 she was Visiting Research Fellow at the American University of Kuwait, Center for Gulf Studies.
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CLASSES TAUGHT, TRAININGS, PRESENTATIONS and PANELS
Tulane University, International Development Studies Program New Orleans, LA
Adjunct Faculty (August 2015 – December 2015)
Taught core classes for upper level IDEV majors:
- Approaches to Sustainable Development IDEV 3200
- Best approaches to rural Economic Development, including identifying indicators, statistical analysis, and program development, management, & monitoring and evaluation
- Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) IDEV 4100
- ICT for economic and social development issues including gender equality, poverty alleviation, freedom and democracy, good governance, education, health
Budapest Demographic Summit III September 6, 2019 (Hungarian Government Summit) “Promoting Women’s Meaningful Participation for Stable Societies, Sustainable Economic Growth, and Family Development”
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 63, March 15, 2019 “Focused Economic Empowerment: Holistic Measurements and Strategies” On Panel: Putting women and Girls at the Center of Gender Equality Policies
International Women’s Day Celebration, Capitol Hill. March 8, 2019. Keynote address, panel host and moderator to address women’s challenges around the world in sex selection, human trafficking, healthcare, harmful cultural practices, and economic participation.
George Washington University, December 2018 “Women as Change Agents, Increasing Women’s Agency and Participation Around the World”
U.S. Department of State, October 2018 “Divisible, Not Incompatible: Strengthening Human Rights by Preventing their Politicization”
The Heritage Foundation, July 2018 “How to Protect International Religious Freedom from the Politicization of Human Rights”. Official Side Event” U.S. State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
Capitol Hill, July 2018 “How to Protect International Religious Freedom from the Politicization of Human Rights”. Official Side Event” U.S. State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
Middle East Dialogue 2018: A New Collective Vision, March 2018 “From Her Point of View: Economic Sustainability and Labor Market Agency in Kuwait”
Global Ties U.S. National Meeting (State Department International Visitor Leadership Program), February 2018 “Women as Change Agents: Entrepreneurship, Peace, and Security”
Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, October 2017: “Maximizing Women’s Economic Leadership, Participation and Impact in Africa”
Foreign Services Institute, September 2017: “Women and Development Challenges: East Africa and the Horn”
Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 2017 USAID-Listening Session. “Incorporating Gender into Risk Assessments”
Tulane University, November 2016: “Women Workers & Sustainable Development in the Arab World”
Gulf Studies Symposium, March 2015, Center for Gulf Studies, American University of Kuwait: “Kuwaiti Female Labor Force Participation: Agency and Development Sustainability in Kuwait”
Middle East Studies Association, November 2014 Panel Chair “US Interventions in the Middle East”