Marybeth Gasman

Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education
Director, Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions

Higher Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-573-3990


Professional Biography

Marybeth Gasman is the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, Minority Serving Institutions (with an emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities), racism and diversity, fundraising and philanthropy, and higher education leadership. Marybeth is the founding director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which works to amplify the contributions, strengthen, and support MSIs and those scholars interested in them. She holds secondary appointments in history, Africana Studies, and the School of Social Policy and Practice. Marybeth is the author or editor of 23 books, including Educating a Diverse Nation (Harvard University Press, 2015 with Clif Conrad), Envisioning Black Colleges (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and Academics Going Public (Routledge Press, 2016). She has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays, and book chapters. Marybeth has penned 350 opinion articles for the nation’s newspapers and magazines and is ranked by Education Week as one of the most influential education scholars. She has raised $22 million in grant funding to support her research and that of her students, mentees, and MSI partners. Marybeth serves on the board of trustees of The College Board as well as Paul Quinn College, a small, urban, historically Black College in Dallas, Texas. She considers her proudest accomplishment to be receiving the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring, serving as the dissertation chair for nearly 60 doctoral students since 2003.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Gasman's articles have been published in the American Education Research JournalEducational ResearcherTeachers College Record, the Journal of Higher Education, the Journal of Negro EducationResearch in Higher Education, the Journal of College Student Development, among others. She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher EducationDiverse IssuesThe Huffington PostThe New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Gasman is the principal or co-principal investigator on seven major grants from funders such as The Helmsley Trust, The Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, Educational Testing Service, and the National Institutes for Health (NIH). Her research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, USNEWS, CNN, and on National Public Radio.


Selected Publications

Hallmark, T., & Gasman, M. (March 2017). Minority Serving Institutions across the globe: laying the foundation for future research. Higher Education, 1-12.

Gasman, M., Ginsberg, A., & Samayoa, A.C. (April 2017). Minority Serving Institutions: incubators of teachers of color. The Teacher Educator, 84-98.

Samayoa, A.C., Nguyen, T., Gasman, M., Commodore, F., & Abiola, U. (October 2017). Examining the potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Negro Education, 85(4), 480-488.

Commodore F., Freeman, S., Gasman, M., & Carter, C. (2016) How it’s done: The role of mentoring and advice in preparing the next generation of Historically Black College and University presidents. Education Sciences, 6(19).

Freeman, S., Commodore, F., Gasman, M., & Carter, C. (2016). Leaders wanted!: The skills expected and needed for a successful 21st century Historically Black College and University president. Journal of Black Studies, 47(6), 570-591.

Gasman, M., Nguyen, T., Conrad, C., Lundberg, T., & Commodore, F. (2016). Black Male Success in STEM: A Case Study of Morehouse College. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Gasman M., & Nguyen, T. (2016). Engaging voices: Methods for studying STEM at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Multicultural Education, 10(2), 194-205.

Vervoort, A.J., & Gasman, M. (2016). An exploration of giving among gay male college alumni. Journal of Education and Training, 4(5), 123-138.

Gasman, M. (2016). Change gonna come or we don’t matter: Higher education programs in the United States. Journal of the Study of Higher Education and Tertiary Education, 1, 9-12.

Gasman, M., Spencer, D., & Orphan, C. (2015). Building bridges, not fences: A history of civic engagement at private Black colleges and universities. History of Education Quarterly

Gasman, M., Fluker, C., Commodore, F., & Peterkin, D. (2015). Understanding honors programs at historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of Negro Education, 83(4).

Arroyo, A., & Gasman, M. (2014). An HBCU-based educational approach for Black college student success: Toward a framework with implications for all institutions. American Journal of Education.

Hilton, A., Gasman, M., & Wood, J.L. (2014). The impact of the One Florida initiative on Florida’s public law schools: A critical race theory analysis. Journal of Educational Foundations.

Gasman, M., & Commodore, F. (2014). The state of research on historically Black colleges and universities: Areas of strengths and challenge. Journal of Multicultural Education, 8(2).

Nguyen, T., & Gasman, M. (2014). Lending a voice and creating a platform: The actions of the Vietnamese students at the University of California, Irvine, 1980–1990. Teachers College Record

Felder, P., Stevenson, H., & Gasman, M. (2014). Understanding the impact of racial identity to doctoral student socialization. International Journal of Doctoral Studies.

Freeman Jr., S., & Gasman, M. (2013). Characteristics of historically Black college and university presidents and their role in grooming the next generation of leaders. Teachers College Record.

Gasman, M., & Nguyen, T. (2014, Spring). Historically Black colleges and universities: Leading our nation’s efforts to improve the science, technology, engineering, and math pipeline. Texas Education Review.

Lundy-Wagner, V., Vultaggio, J., & Gasman, M. (2013). Preparing underrepresented students of color for doctoral success: The role of undergraduate institutions. International Journal of Doctoral Studies.

Fester, R., Gasman, M., & Nguyen, T. (2012). We know very little: Accreditation at historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of Black Studies, 43(7), 809–819.

Hutcheson, P., Gasman, M., & Sanders-McMurtry, K. (2011). Understanding resistance: Agency in the face of oppression within higher education, 1940–1960. Journal of Higher Education, 33.

Gasman, M., & Hilton, A. (2011). Mixed motivations, mixed results: A history of law, interest convergence, and historically Black colleges and universities. Teachers College Record. 

Gasman, M. (2011). Perceptions of Black college presidents: Sorting through stereotypes and reality to gain a complex picture. American Education Research Journal.

Gasman, M., Kim, J., & Nguyen, T. (2011). Effectively recruiting faculty of color at highly selective institutions: A school of education case study. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Kim, J., & Gasman, M. (2011). In search of a “good” school: First and second generation Asian American students describe their college choice process. Journal of College Student Development, 45.

Lundy-Wagner, V., & Gasman, M. (2010). When gender issues are not just about women: Reconsidering male students at historically Black colleges and universities. Teachers College Record.

Gasman, M., & Drezner, N. (2009). A maverick in the field: Fundraising for change in the Black college community during the 1970s. History of Education Quarterly, 49(4).

Gasman, M., & Drezner, N. (2009). Fundraising during the midst of the civil rights movement: The case of Hampton Institute. Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Quarterly, 39, 321–342.

Gasman, M., Baez, B., & Turner, C. (Eds.). (2008). Understanding minority-serving institutions. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Palmer, R. & Gasman, M. (2008). It takes a village to raise a child: Social capital and academic success at historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of College Student Development, 49(1).

Perna, L., Lundy-Wagner, V., Drezner, N., Gasman, M., Yoon, S., Bose, E., & Gary, S. (2008). The contributions of historically Black colleges and universities to the preparation of African American women for STEM Careers: A case study. Research in Higher Education, 50(1), 1–23.

Gasman, M., & Drezner, N. (2008). White corporate philanthropy and its support of private Black colleges in the 1960s and 70s. International Journal of Educational Advancement, 8(2). 

Harper, S., & Gasman, M. (2008). Consequences of conservatism: Black male undergraduates and the politics of historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of Negro Education, 77(4). 

Gasman, M. (2007). Envisioning Black colleges: A history of the united Negro college fund. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

Gasman, M., & Drezner, N. (2007, May). New Orleans' Black colleges: Rebuilding after disaster. Multicultural Review, 15(4).

Gasman, M. (2007). Truth, generalizations, and stigmas: An analysis of the media’s coverage of Morris Brown College and Black colleges overall. Review of Black Political Economy, 34(2).

Gasman, M. (2007, Winter). Swept under the rug: A historiography of gender and Black colleges. American Educational Research Journal, 44(3), 760–805.

Gasman, M., Anderson-Thompkins, S., & Haydel, N. (2006, December). Corridors and coffee shops: Teaching about race and research outside the classroom. Journal of College and University Teaching, 17(1 & 2).

Gasman, M., & Payton-Stewart, L. (2006, September). Twice removed: A White scholar studies Black sororities and a Black scholar responds. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 29(2), 129–149.

Gasman, M. (2006, March/April). Salvaging "academic disaster areas": The Black college response to Christopher Jencks and David Riesman’s 1967 Harvard Educational Review article. Journal of Higher Education, 77(2), 317–352. 

Epstein, E., & Gasman, M. (2005). A not-so-systematic effort to study art: Lincoln University and the Barnes Foundation. Perspectives on the History of Higher Education (formerly History of Higher Education Annual) 24, 173–190.

Gasman, M. (2005). The role of faculty in fundraising at Black colleges: What is it and what can it become? International Journal of Educational Advancement, 5(2), 171–179.

Gasman, M., Gerstl-Pepin, C., Anderson-Thompkins, S., Rasheed, L., & Hathaway, K. (2004). Developing trust, negotiating power: Transgressing race and status in the academy. Teachers College Record, 106(4), 689–715.

Gasman, M. (2004, Winter). Rhetoric vs. reality: The fundraising messages of the United Negro College Fund in the immediate aftermath of the Brown decision. History of Education Quarterly, 44(1), 70–94.