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Shelton Williams, President

Email:  swilliams@osgoodcenter.org

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Dr. Williams is a leader in the field of experiential education and an expert on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation policy. In his over 35 years as a professor at Austin College in Sherman, Texas he created and supervised the college's Model United Nations team, winning numerous awards at national competitions and transforming a generation of young people into caring, capable, and globally conscious professionals. He has contributed greatly to the field of experiential education through numerous articles and years of faculty training seminars. In addition, he has garnered several major teaching awards for his classes in International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Comparative Politics.

Dr. Williams has also worked in government, including a tour of duty in the Department of State under Secretary of State Madeline Albright in which he worked extensively on the permanent extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. He also served the Office of International Programs, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Additionally, Dr. Williams is an accomplished writer. His first non-fiction, Washed in the Blood has received wide critical acclaim and he has several others in progress.

Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with his family, specifically his grandchildren, and seeing several movies each weekend if possible.

 

See the Latest by Shelly Williams!

  • Washed in the Blood
  • Summer of '66

Considering Nuclear Earth Penetrators
The US and the UN: A Realist's Perspective (2002)
Where Globalization Meets Localization
Addressing Limitations in the Wake of Catastrophe
My Role in the Gulf War

Gene Alpert, PhD, Vice President

Email:  alpert@osgoodcenter.org

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Dr. Alpert joined the Osgood Center in September 2015 and is a noted expert on experiential education, starting in the late 70’s when he first directed the Washington internship program of Texas Christian University as a political science professor, sending over two hundred students to Washington for internships and short-term academic programs. In 1993 he became vice president for academic affairs and later senior vice president for The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, overseeing the national Liaison Advisory Board, academic internships, academic courses, academic seminars, and, for a period, student life and housing. Every four years until 2012, Gene continued the tradition he started in 1984, leading on-site national political convention programs, allowing over 2500 students and faculty to experience these special historical events from an academic perspective.

He has been active in a number of professional associations, including serving as president of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), an alternate director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), where he was instrumental in writing the first standards for internship programs, as a member of the assessment and evaluation committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and a member of the steering committee of the International Consortium for Experiential Learning (ICEL). In 1982-83, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the offices of the U.S. House and Senate leadership.

He has received awards of recognition in experiential education from the National Society for Experiential Education, the National Collegiate Honors Council, Furman University and Loyola Marymount University, among others. He has written and is often interviewed and quoted on issues related to experiential education, national politics, and higher education trends and has appeared on C-SPAN.

He received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in the field of political science. He also has a certificate of association management from ASAE: The American Society of Association Executives. His international experience includes publishing papers on international politics, conducting site visits and research on interns abroad and international students in the U.S., and serving on the board of directors of United Planet, an international service learning and internship program located in Boston. He is also a member of the National Press Club and the Texas State Society.

Xuan Zhu, Associate Director

Email:  xuanzhu@osgoodcenter.org

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Xuan graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014 as a master of Public Administration with two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment. Before that he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 with a bachelor degree of laws, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interest lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues.

Prior to the graduate school, Xuan has quite a few interesting working experiences. His background includes working as an intern editor for Xinhua News Agency, internship in private companies such as Siemens China, part-time translator, and a public servant working on experts and international cooperation in China. He was also a volunteer in the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics.

Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became an assistant director in early 2015.

 

 

 

Darby Bogdanich, Model UN Coordinator

Email: dcapps@osgoodcenter.org

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Darby is a Public Policy and Political Economy Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her concentrations are Internaltional Political Economies and Geographic Information Systems. She received her bachelors in Political Science and Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in International Relations.

During the past few years, Darby has served as the Secretary General of Model Security Council in D.C., Secretary General of TexMUN in Austin, Under Secretary General of TexMUN in Abilene, and Director of the Security Council at four conferences. She also represented the University of Texas at Tyler as an award winning delegate in the National Model United Nations Conferences in New York, San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos, and in South Korea. She has also been an award winning delegate at the Southern Region Model United Nation Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Laura Khor, Associate Director

Email:  lkhor@osgoodcenter.org

 

homeLaura Khor is well versed in the topics of countering violent extremism (CVE), terrorist deradicalization, terrorist radicalization, and global security issues. She earned her PhD in International Relations and Master of Letters (MLitt) from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

She published the article, “The Colonial Foundations of Malaysia’s Terrorist Rehabilitation Program” in the Malaysian Journal of International Relations. She co-wrote a policy brief with George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute entitled "Detainee Release and Global Public Safety: Terrorist Disengagement Programs -The Way Ahead." Khor completed an Expedition Everest trek to raise money for Childreach International in Nepal with a 16 member team.