Marybeth Gasman


Marybeth Gasman is the Judy & Howard Berkowitz 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 (SP2). She also directs the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Marybeth's areas of expertise include the history of American higher education, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), African American leadership, and fundraising and philanthropy.

She has written or edited 23 books, including Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund and Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Turner), Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions (with Clifton Conrad), and Academics Going Public. Of the works she has authored or edited, 8 of the books have won research awards.

Marybeth'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 in Higher Education, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Marybeth 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. One project (with Clifton 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, US NEWS, CNN, and on National Public Radio.

Marybeth received the Penn GSE Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career Award (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 Marybeth Gasman and her work, visit her faculty website here.