Marybeth Gasman

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 a Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds secondary appointments in history, Africana Studies, and the School of Social Policy and Practice. She also directs the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Dr. Gasman's areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, African American leadership, and fundraising and philanthropy.

She has written or edited 21 books, including Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund and Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Turner). Dr. Gasman has a forthcoming book (with Clifton Conrad) titled Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions (2015).Eight of Dr. Gasman’s books have won research awards.

Dr. Gasman's articles have been published in the American Education Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Higher Education, the Journal of Negro Education, Research in Higher Education, the Journal of College Student Development, among others.

She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Gasman is the principal or co-principal investigator on 7 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). One project (with Clif Conrad) is focused on student success at MSIs and funded by Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and USA Funds ($1.8 million). The other project (with Yvonne Paterson) is focused on increasing faculty of color at MSIs in the sciences and is sponsored by NIH ($4.6 million).

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.

Dr. Gasman received the Penn GSE Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career Award in 2006. In 2010, she was awarded the Ozell Sutton Medallion for Justice by Philander Smith College. In May 2012, she received an honorary degree from Paul Quinn College and the ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation's Mildred Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholar Award.

To read more about Dr. Gasman and her work, visit her faculty website here.

Selected Publications

Marybeth Gasman, Dorsey Spencer & Cecelia Orphan, “Building Bridges, Not Fences: A History of Civic Engagement at Private Black Colleges and Universities,”History of EducationQuarterly (2015). 

Marybeth Gasman, Claire Fluker, Felecia Commodore & Darryl Peterkin, “Understanding Honors Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,”Journal of Negro Education, vol. 83, no. 4 (2015).

Andrew Arroyo & Marybeth Gasman, “An HBCU-Based Educational Approach for Black College Student Success: Toward a Framework with Implications for All Institutions,”American Journal of Education(2014).

Adriel Hilton, Marybeth Gasman, and J. Luke Wood, “The Impact of the One Florida Initiative on Florida’s Public Law Schools: A Critical Race Theory Analysis,”Journal of Educational Foundations(2014).

Marybeth Gasman & Felecia Commodore, “The State of Research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Areas of Strengths and Challenge,”Journal of Multicultural Educationvol. 8, no. 2 (2014).

Thai-Huy Nguyen & Marybeth Gasman, “Lending a Voice and Creating a Platform: The Actions of the Vietnamese Students at the University of California, Irvine, 1980-1990,”Teachers College Record(forthcoming 2014). 

Pamela Felder, Howard Stevenson, and Marybeth Gasman, “Understanding the Impact of Racial Identity to Doctoral Student Socialization,”International Journal of Doctoral Studies(2014).

Sydney Freeman Jr. & Marybeth Gasman, “Characteristics of Historically Black College and University Presidents and Their Role in Grooming the Next Generation of Leaders,”Teachers College Record(2013).

Marybeth Gasman & Thai-Huy Nguyen, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Leading Our Nation’s Efforts to Improve the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Pipeline,”Texas Education Review(Spring, 2014).

Valerie Lundy-Wagner, Julie Vultaggio, and Marybeth Gasman, “Preparing Underrepresented Students of Color for Doctoral Success: The Role of Undergraduate Institutions,”International Journal of Doctoral Studies(2013).

Rachel Fester, Marybeth Gasman, & Thai-Huy Nguyen We Know Very Little: Accreditation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Black Studies 43(7): 809-819, 2012.

Philo Hutcheson, Marybeth Gasman, and Kijua Sanders-McMurtry: Understanding Resistance: Agency in the Face of Oppression within Higher Education, 1940-1960. Journal of Higher Education Page: 33 pp, 2011.

Marybeth Gasman and Adriel Hilton: Mixed Motivations, Mixed Results: A History of Law, Interest Convergence, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Teachers College Record 2011.

Marybeth Gasman: Perceptions of Black College Presidents: Sorting through Stereotypes and Reality to Gain a Complex Picture. American Education Research Journal 2011.

Marybeth Gasman, Jessica Kim & Thai-Huy Nguyen: Effectively Recruiting Faculty of Color at Highly Selective Institutions: A School of Education Case Study. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 2011.

Jessica Kim and Marybeth Gasman: In Search of a “Good” School: First and Second Generation Asian American Students Describe their College Choice Process. Journal of College Student Development Page: 45 pp, 2011.

Lundy-Wagner, V., and Gasman, M.: When Gender Issues Are Not Just About Women: Reconsidering Male Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Teachers College Record 2010.

Gasman, M., and Drezner, N.: A Maverick in the Field: Fundraising for Change in the Black College Community during the 1970s. History of Education Quarterly 49(4), 2009.

Gasman, M., and Drezner, N.: Fundraising During the Midst of the Civil Rights Movement: The Case of Hampton Institute. Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Quarterly 39: 321-342, 2009.

Palmer, R. & Gasman, M. : "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), 2008.

Perna, L., Lundy-Wagner, V., Drezner, N., Gasman, M., Yoon, S., Bose, E., & Gary, S.: 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, 2008.

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

Shaun Harper and Marybeth Gasman: Consequences of Conservatism: Black Male Undergraduates and the Politics of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Negro Education 77(4), 2008.

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

Gasman, M.: 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), 2007.

Gasman, M.: Swept Under the Rug: A Historiography of Gender and Black Colleges. American Educational Research Journal 44(3): 760-805, Winter 2007.

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

Gasman, M., & Payton-Stewart, L.: 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, September 2006.

Gasman, M.: 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, March/April 2006.

Epstein, E., & Gasman, M.: A Not-So-Systematic Effort to Study Art: Lincoln University and the Barnes Foundation. Perspectives on the History of Higher Education (History of Higher Education Annual) 24: 173-190, 2005.

Gasman, M.: 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, 2005.

Gasman, M., Gerstl-Pepin, C., Anderson-Thompkins, S., Rasheed, L., & Hathaway, K.: Developing Trust, Negotiating Power: Transgressing Race and Status in the Academy. Teachers College Record 106(4): 689-715, 2004.

Gasman, Marybeth: “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, Winter 2004.