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)
Rania Lewis 2020-2021 Kozmetsky Center, Senior Intern
Rania Lewis is double majoring in International Business and Business Administration with interests in foreign policy, civil advocacy, and international relations. Rania has held various leadership roles on campus, including Orientation Coordinator and Leader for the Office of Student Involvement and the Internal Affairs Director for the Student Government Association. Outside of campus, Rania has served as a Legislative Intern in the Texas and United States House of Representatives for Representative Carl Sherman and Congressman Lloyd Doggett. She was the legal team member for the United Nation’s Social Development International (SODEIT) organization offering her knowledge to assist citizens of Cameroon during COVID-19. Rania has maintained an outstanding academic record at St. Edwards University and is Founder and President of the Global Business & Policy Leaders Society, and a member of the business-professional fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. As a Rotary International Scholar, Rania will continue her graduate study at Queen's University in Belfast Ireland concentrating in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.
Kozmetsky Center Senior Intern Alumna
Kate Hanlon majored in Political Science at St. Edward’s University, concentrating in the areas of international conflict and cooperation, and security and stabilization operations with a regional focus on East Asia. Kate was an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Spring 2020. As a cadet, Kate participated in the Army Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program in Poland, where she trained with the Wrocław Multinational Brigade and Military Academy of Land Forces. She also participated in Project Global Officer in 2018 studying the Chinese language in Shanghai, China. Kate served in leadership roles in her battalion in several capacities, including acting as an Operations Officer and Ranger team Captain. She held an internship at United States Army European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, in Summer 2019, working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Kate maintained an outstanding academic record as a Dean’s list recipient, Honor’s Program participant, and Pi Sigma Alpha member. After graduating in May 2020, Kate pursued a career in Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs with a regional focus on East Asia.
Kozmetsky Center Senior Intern Alumna
Alessandra Urbina double majored in Computer Information Science and Global Studies at St. Edward’s University, concentrating in international conflict, cooperation, and security with a regional focus on East Asia. Alessandra served in numerous leadership roles on campus, including Special Events and Outreach Coordinator for the Equity & Justice Council and Peer Group Leader for the Freshman Studies’ Global Understanding Program. Alessandra was also Co-founder and President of the International Affairs Society at St. Edward's University. Funded by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, she studied East Asian peace and integration, multiculturalism, and North Korean politics and foreign policy at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, during summer 2019. Alessandra is an Honor’s Program participant and McNair Scholar at SEU. She plans to pursue graduate school and a professional career in international security, human rights, and/or linguistics.
Kozmetsky Center Senior Intern Alumnus
Ryan Lamson majored 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.
Kozmetsky Center Intern Alumnus
Christopher Leonard majored in Global Studies concentrating in the areas of international conflict, cooperation, and security with a regional focus on the Middle East. Chris enlisted in the United States Army in 2009-2015 and currently serves in the Texas National Guard. While in the armed services, he studied Farsi at the Defense Language Institute. Chris served in various leadership and operations assignments across the globe, including Camp Humphreys (South Korea), Kandahar (Afghanistan), and Fort Hood (Texas, USA). After completing his studies at SEU consistently maintaining a 3.9 GPA while working full-time, Chris is pursuing a career in national security and intelligence following graduation in December 2019.
Kozmetsky Center Intern Alumna
Alesondra Cruz majored 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 was also 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.
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