Dr. Sharyl Cross, Director

St. Edward's University, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence

Dr. Sharyl Cross was appointed Director of the Kozmetsky Center and Distinguished Professor at St. Edward’s University in 2013 and is a Global Policy Fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 2005-2013, Dr. Cross was Professor in the College of International & Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany serving as Director of Academics for both the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar and in key leadership capacities for strategic outreach engagement initiatives in Russia, Eurasia and South East Europe. Prior to the Marshall Center, Dr. Cross was at the United States Air Force Academy where she had been appointed Distinguished Professor of Political Science. She is a tenured full Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at San Jose State University in the California State University system.  (biographical profile continued)

Global Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center Washington DC biographical profile

 World Affairs Council Austin Event "Trump, Putin and World Order," September 5, 2018 

Kozmetsky Center Former Directors 

Contact Information:

Email: sharylc@stedwards.edu Phone: (512) 636-4515

Dr. Sharyl Cross, Director

Kozmetsky Center Staff

Executive Assistant

Joseph Sadek joined the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in 2018. As Executive Assistant to the Director, Joseph supports the Center's administrative, logistical, and outreach priorities. He comes to St. Edward's after nearly a year as a Research Assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, Belgium. During his tenure in Brussels, Joseph contributed to a broad research agenda from NATO operations in Afghanistan to disinformation on new social media platforms. In 2015, he participated in a research study on a cash-for-food aid program in southern Turkey with the Danish Refugee Council. Between 2012 and 2014 Joseph was the Program Coordinator for The Ohio State University's John Glenn College and was based in Washington, D.C. 

Joseph is a native Ohioan and a graduate of The Ohio State University. He also earned his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His areas of interest include comparative politics, the Middle East, and forced migration. Joseph is fluent in Arabic and has a strong comprehension of French. His MA thesis at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focused on Turkey's refugee policy response to the war in Syria.  

Kozmetsky Center Staff


Senior Intern, on leave Fall 2019 semester; Boren Scholar/India 

Ryan Lamson is majoring in Global Studies at St. Edward’s University concentrating in the areas of international conflict, cooperation and security with a regional focus on Latin America (Spanish). Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and served in various leadership and security assignments at the US Embassies in Kabul, Brussels and the US Consulate in Karachi. Among several assignments from 2007-2015 in the USMC, Ryan was an infantry squad leader and US Embassy security guard which included providing security support for the POTUS and Secretary of State. In addition, he held a leadership post in Family Readiness assisting service members and their families deployed overseas in establishing associations with local communities. Ryan holds the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Department of State Meritorious Honor Award. He has also contributed to the community by participating in St. Edward’s Students for Sustainability, Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County and supporting educational, cultural and sports activities for students of the Karachi American School in Pakistan. An honor’s student at St. Edward’s University, Ryan is interested in pursuing graduate study and a professional career in the international security area. Ryan is supporting the Kozmetsky Center primarily in event site management, protocol, and campus program coordination.



Former Senior Intern

Alesondra Cruz is majoring in Political Science at St. Edward’s University with interests in international relations, international institutions and political economy.  In Fall 2017, Alesondra studied at American University in Rome completing coursework in international relations, international human rights, and migration. She has served as a Legislative Intern in the Texas House of Representatives on the staff of Representative Matt Rinaldi. While maintaining an outstanding academic record as a President’s Merit Scholar, Honor’s Program participant, Alpha Chi and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society member, CATO Institute Bastiat Scholar, Alesondra has also been quite active in supporting community efforts including participating in refugee work at III Soggiorno in Rome, working as a refugee tutor for the SERVE Austin program, participating in The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and New Politics Forum as a Texas Civic Ambassador and much more.  She has been a St. Edward’s University Orchestra Flautist. A native of Richmond, Texas, Alesondra completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science in Spring 2019 and was accepted into the 2019 cohort for the John Jay Fellows Program in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. She plans to attend law school in Fall 2020. Alesondra contributed to the Kozmetsky Center in the areas of campus and community event promotion and liaison with campus departments and student organizations. 


Additional Campus Staff and Support


  • Abel Salazar, Information Technology Specialist
  • Camille Saad, Campus Media and Publications 
  • Kel Brigance, Campus Event Management
  • Carolyn Palaima, External Grants
  • Sarah Conlon, International Student Liaison and Engagement  

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