Dr. Shedd is currently the Associate Dean at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and teaches both introductory courses and courses on terrorism, extremism, global conflicts, and ideologies. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University. Her research includes work on the relationship of media to conflict, specifically focused on media coverage of terrorism and the role of women in political violence. For the last three years she has Co-Directed the Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute with Central Asia, bringing 45 students a year from Central Asia and the U.S. together for a month long training and exchange program. She has shepherded S-CAR’s efforts to increase distance education and overseen a wide range of innovations in experiential and service learning.