Michael Kozakowski

Director of the Yehuda Elkana Center for Teaching, Learning, and Higher Education Research

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51

As Director of the Yehuda Elkana Center for Teaching, Learning, and Higher Education Research, I collaborate with faculty, doctoral students, and international partners to promote educational research, professional development, teaching excellence, and student learning. I also teach courses for doctoral students as part of the Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and facilitate workshops on teaching for internal and external participants. 

I was educated at Georgetown University, St. Peter's College (Oxford), and the University of Chicago, where I received my PhD. I began my academic career in the field of contemporary history, writing on diverse topics, including the education of migrants and colonial educational systems. With time, I became increasingly engaged in scholarship and leadership in the fields of education and teaching. 

My work draws, in no small part, on my experiences teaching students from a diversity of backgrounds at all levels of study, from BA to PhD, at a variety of institutions. These have included appointments at the University of Chicago, Sciences Po in Paris, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Colorado Denver, and Humboldt University in Berlin. Before joining CEU, I served as a member of the education faculty at Keele University. There my work included the academic study of racial and class inequalities in educational systems, as well as the pedagogical training of future educators. I joined CEU in autumn 2020 and served as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning before it joined with the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education.

My research spans the fields of history and education, with a particular focus on migrants and integration, racial and class inequalities, colonial legacies, and internationalization.

Among my international project collaborations, I serve as project lead for the Open Society University Network's "Developing Teaching Professionals" program and as member of the European University Association's (EUA) Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group on the transnational provision of education.

I also bring experience from within academia and the private sector in facilitating strategic planning and quality improvement.


PhD, History, University of Chicago
MA, History, University of Chicago
B.S.F.S., International History, Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service