Associate Professor
Graduate School of Education


Brief Biography

José Cossa, is a Mozambican scholar, PhD holder, writer/author, researcher, poet, blogger, “twitterer”, podcaster, entrepreneur, the founder and senior consultant of Maguiguane Consulting and a Research Methodologist and University Research Reviewer at Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Most recently, Cossa was a Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and a Visiting Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy and the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent, awarded by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).


  • PhD in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a depth area in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago

Cossa’s research focus encompasses the following

  • Power dynamics in negotiation over educational policy
  • Unveiling issues inherent in the promise of modernity and working towards de-colonializing, de-bordering, de-peripheralizing, and de-centering the world
  • Higher education policy and administration
  • System transfer; international development
  • Global and social justice