Stephanie Madden earned her M.A in Communication from the University of Maryland, and her B.A. in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include activism, social change, nonprofit communication, and risk/crisis communication. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she was a full-time communication researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Stephanie currently serves as social media manager for a local nonprofit organization called DC EcoWomen and teaches Oral Communication: Principles and Practices.