Based at the College of William and Mary, political scientist Stephen Shellman engages in an array of initiatives involved with using quantitative methodologies to analyze the threat of global terrorism to United States national security. Steven Shellman holds a number of different posts, at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at William and Mary, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Analysis Enterprises (SAE).

An expert on such international issues as intrastate conflict, refugees and migration, political conflict and terror, as well as predicting catastrophic terrorist events, Stephen Shellman applies analytic tools to current social problems. Recent research topics include “Analyzing Political and Social Regional Stability with Statistics” and “An Integrated Statistical Modeling Approach for Predicting Rare Events: Statistical Analysis of WMD Terrorism.”

Stephen Shellman has authored a group of software tools, called Strategic Analysis Enterprises Text Analysis Suite, which is used for classifying, and analyzing electronic documents and media such as blogs. An additional software program called Pericles is used as a multi-lingual data extractor. At SAE, Stephen Shellman and his team of research scientists apply these and other software tools to a range of real world scenarios. His clients include a host of government entities, including the Department of Defense and the Strategic Command. A recent $1.5 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) involves work on an “Integrated Crisis Early Warning System,” a program for assessing and predicting events in an ongoing global crisis.

In his spare time, Stephen Shellman enjoys engaging in amateur astronomy. Retrofitting the attic above his garage in his home in Williamsburg, Virginia, Shellman created what he calls the Attic Bluffs Observatory. His observatory includes two professional level telescopes, including a Celestron 14 Edge and a Celestron C11 models. Utilizing a Mallincam video camera, and QHY8 CCD camera to capture images, Shellman has taken pictures of such prominent astronomical objects as the Orion and the Eagle Nebulae as well as numerous globular clusters and galaxies.

Stephen Shellman received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University in 2003. His dissertation was awarded best dissertation by the Peace Science Society in 2004 and published by VDM Verlag in Saarbrucken, Germany, in 2009.

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