top of page

Shea Bradley-Farrell, Ph.D.

President, Counterpoint Institute

Shea Bradley-Farrell, PhD (formerly Garrison) is a foreign policy and national security consultant in Washington, D.C. and the President of Counterpoint Institute for Policy, Research and Education (CIPRE). Recently, she was professor and subject matter expert for the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) of the Department of Defense (DoD). Dr. Shea possesses an active U.S. security clearance.

As a policy expert and strategist, Dr. Shea provides analysis and recommendations to U.S. and foreign officials at the highest levels of government. During the Trump administration, Dr Shea worked directly with Sec. Mike Pompeo and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump on a number of issues while serving as Vice President of International Affairs for Concerned Women for America. Shea is an expert in foreign policy and aid, national security, international development, women's empowerment, and human rights.


Dr. Shea regularly publishes Op-eds in outlets such as National Review, Daily Signal, 

The Washington TimesThe European Conservative, Daily Caller, the Hill, Washington Examiner,  and the Federalist.  She is a weekly  guest on TV news and radio and presents to venues such as Wilson Center for International Scholars, U.S. Department of State, the Heritage Foundation, CPAC Hungary 2022, and the Gulf Studies Symposium.

As an international development professional, Dr. Shea has traveled extensively 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, curriculum design and development, 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.

Dr. Shea holds a Ph.D. and M.S. 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.  

She is a member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Border Security Coalition and former Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. 

SGarrisonHeadshot copy.jpg

Shea Bradley-Farrell, PhD

President, Counterpoint Institute

Email us at 

Info (at) counterpointinstitute (dot) org 

bottom of page