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 Center for Minority-Serving Institutions at Penn GSE.

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 15 books, including Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson-Thompkins), Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick), Gender and Philanthropy: New Perspectives on Funding, Collaboration, and Assessment (with Alice Ginsberg); Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Turner), Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Triumphs, Troubles, and Taboos (with Christopher Tudico), and Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in Higher Education (with Andrea Walton). 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 co-principal investigator on two major grant-funded research projects related to Minority Serving institutions (MSIs). One project (with Clif Conrad) is focused on student success at MSIs and funded by Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and USA Funds ($1.8). 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).

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 consults for many organizations, including Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Education Sector, USA Funds, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Success for Kids, Paul Quinn College, and Philander Smith College. She is a Vice President of the American Education Research Association.

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 and named a member of the board of trustees at St. Augustine College. In May 2012, she received an honorary degree from Paul Quinn College.

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

Selected Publications

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.