Joseph R Cerami

Senior Lecturer in National Security

Director, Public Service Leadership Program

Colonel, US Army, Retired

Joseph R. Cerami


Senior Lecturer & Director of the Public Service Leadership Program

Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University | (979) 862-8836 |

In August 2001, Dr. Joe Cerami joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.  He teaches courses in national security policy and leadership studies in the Master's Program in International Affairs. He was appointed as the founding director of the Bush School's Public Service Leadership Program in 2002.

During a 30-year military career, Colonel Cerami (U.S. Army, Retired) served in Germany and the Republic of Korea. His last military assignment was as the chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, from 1998-2001.

He is the co-editor of The Army War College Guide to Strategy (2001), The Interagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare (2007), Leadership and National Security Reform (2008), and Rethinking Leadership and “Whole of Government” National Security Reform (2010)  published by the Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. His most recent publication is "Rethinking Civil-Military Coordination for Humanitarian and Other Complex Operations," in Public Administration Review (Vol. 70, No. 2) March-April 2010.  His book, Leadership and Policy Innovation-From Clinton to Bush: Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, will be published by Routledge in August 2012.

Dr. Cerami was the featured professor in the Council on Foreign Relations “CFR in the Classroom” at for March 2011.  He was elected to the American Political Science Association’s International Security and Arms Control governing council (2008-2011).  In 2010 Dr. Cerami published entries on “Leadership in International Affairs,” “Military Science,” “Strategic and Net Assessments,” and “International Security” for the section on International Relations: Security and Military Studies, Oxford Bibliographies Online project.  In 2011 he was named to the Founding Editorial Board and Standing Editorial Board for Oxford University Press, Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Relations.