Cassia Galvao

Assistant Professor
Department of Maritime Business Administration

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

– Albert Einstein

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I think this was a mix of family and school influences. The fact that my Dad was a Customs Officer and my other two uncles were working for international courier companies have initially captivated my desire to know more about this fascinating sector of international trade. Specifically about maritime shipping my interest sprouted at my very first internship still in High-school, when I was taking a technical course in International Trade Management. I spend some weeks at the International Trade department of a multinational company which was exporting a lot of electrical supplies materials and importing heavy machinery. In that department, I was taught the company's main challenges in the foreign trade markets with respect to sales, marketing, exchange rates, currency issues, and of course logistics. My actual career in the ports and shipping industry began as a trainee for a container shipping company, where I was hired after completing the Technical Program on International Transportation at the German School in São Paulo (Brazil). I found it very fascinating so much that we can learn and actually understand global economics, politics, international trade, and multicultural aspects while working in the maritime logistics sector. While developing my business career I was invited to lecture and mentor undergraduate and graduate students of the Business and Management Department in different private universities in Sao Paulo and Santos cities. Later, when I decided to earn my Ph.D., my career in business became based on specialized consultancy in International Logistics.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

Provide students a unique perspective of someone who has worked in the Maritime Industry while building an academic career.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Helping other people, especially those that need some extra care with their health is what I do more when I am not working. Over time I realized that volunteer work has a value that no other hobby or leisure activity can provide and I truly enjoy doing it! When I have time off I also enjoy traveling and learning from other cultures. My favorite type of trip is cruising.

Ph.D. Social Science, Sao Paulo Catholic University, 2016
Political Economy, Sao Paulo Catholic University, 2009
B.A. Economics, Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, 2006
Courses Taught


Negotiation Skills and Procurement Management
Introduction to Social Sciences
History of Classical Economic Theory
Industrial Organization and Competition Regulation


Marketing Transportation Services
Strategic Planning, International Negotiations Skills, and Business Internationalization


2017: GALVÃO, C. B., GUERISE, L., ROBLES, Leo T., TEI, A., FERRARI, C., EVERETT, S. ROBINSON, R. National port development policies:  same problems, different solutions? RASI (Revista de Administracao, Sociedade e Inovacao). Special Issue: Gestao Portuaria e Sustentabilidade (Port Management and Sustainability), (3). DOI: 10.20401/rasi.3.2.175

2017: CASACA, A. C. P., GALVÃO, C. B., ROBLES, L. T., & CUTRIM, S. S. The Brazilian cabotage market: a content analysis. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 9(5), 601-625. DOI: [Link]

2017: GALVÃO, C. B., ROBLES, L. T., GUERISE, L. 20 years of port reform in Brazil: Insights into the reform process. Research in Transportation Business & Management. DOI: [Link]

2017: CASACA, A. C. P., GALVÃO, C. B., ROBLES, L. T., & CUTRIM, S. S. Domestic short sea shipping services in Brazil: competition by enhancing logistics integration. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 9(3), 280-303. Special Issue on: Short Sea Shipping in a Globalized World. DOI: [Link]

2016: MILESKI, J.P., GALVÃO, C. B., VON ZHAREN, W. Port Sophistication and Country Economic Status: Sea Ports as Indicators of Economic Development. Ocean Yearbook, 30 (541-563).  DOI: 10.1163/22116001-03001020 [Link]

2016: WANG, G.; GALVÃO, C. B., MILESKI, J.P. Identifying public-private interests and conflicts in the current port issues. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, 32(1) 013-022. DOI: [Link]

Grants and Fellowships
2014 - 2015: FULBRIGHT/CAPES Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M at Galveston, (ID# BEX2698/14-5 - IEE #15142291)

Contact Info

Cassia Galvao
Assistant Professor
Department of Maritime Business Administration
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4451
Fax: +1 (409) 741.4014

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 226