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Richard Fossey, J. D., Ph. D.


Office: Picard Center, Room 256
Office Telephone Number: (337)-482-1083
Email Address:
Courses I teach:

  • EDLD 801—Introduction to Research
  • ​EDLD 820—Advanced Law
  • ​EDLD 822—Policy Development and Analysis
  • ​EDLD 871—Higher Education Law 
  • EDLD 875—The Federal Student Loan Program: Problems and Prospects

Dr. Richard Fossey is a Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he teaches graduate-level courses in education law and policy. His research interests include higher education law and finance.  Dr. Fossey has been an Educational Leadership professor for more than 20 years. Prior to pursuing a higher-education career, he practiced law in Alaska, where he represented a number of rural school districts in Alaska Native communities, including Aleut, Athabaskan, and Inuit communities.

His blog,, is devoted to research and commentary on the federal student loan program. Dr. Fossey edits Catholic Southwest, a journal on the history of Catholicism in the Southwest. He comments regularly on Catholicism and American culture on his blog site,

Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background:
Ed.D. Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, 1993, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
J.D. Law degree with honors, 1980, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
M.A. American Studies (American History), 1974, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
B.A. Sociology, 1970, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Dissertation: School Choice in Massachusetts: Will It Help Schools Improve (Ed.D. dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education)