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Shea Garrison

Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow


3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Fax: 703-993-8215


Dr. Shea Garrison is Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. An international development professional, Dr. Garrison serves as Program Manager in Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship for Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. In this position, she oversees the curriculum, training, and partnership development of an ExxonMobil and FedEx-sponsored accelerator program for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises, in three regions around the world.

As a problem-solving and innovative leader, Dr. Garrison has over 18 years’ experience in business development, capacity building, and research planning and management. She holds a PhD and MS from Tulane University, where she was Adjunct Lecturer in the International Development Studies Program in 2015. In 2014, she was Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait, studying economic and social obstacles to female labor force participation in context of declining oil revenue and state-led development programs. This research was funded by the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Science and chosen for public presentation at the Gulf Studies Symposium 2015 in Kuwait.

Areas of Research

  • Economic and social development of the Middle East, Africa, & non-Arab Islamic societies
  • Gulf Cooperation Council economies, labor markets, migration, trafficking
  • Gender equality and sensitivity programming in development
  • Female economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and labor force participation
  • GCC sustainability/stability in relation to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East
  • Global poverty inequality
  • Qualitative and Quantitative methods