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Marybeth Gasman

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & Distinguished Professor
Educational Psychology

Marybeth Gasman is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. She serves as the Executive Director of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity & Justice and the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Marybeth also serves as the Chair of the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Faculty Council and as the Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Marybeth was the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Endowed Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, Marybeth also served as the founding director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). 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. She is the author or editor of 30 books, including Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action (Harvard University Press, 2019, with Thai-Huy Nguyen); Educating a Diverse Nation (Harvard University Press, 2015 with Clif Conrad), Envisioning Black Colleges (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Marybeth has written over 275 peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays, and book chapters. She has penned over 450 opinion articles for the nation’s newspapers and magazines and is ranked by Education Week as one of the most influential education scholars in the nation. Marybeth has raised over $23.5 million in grant funding to support her research and that of her students, mentees, and MSI partners. Marybeth has served on the board of trustees of The College Board and currently serves on the board of trustees of Paul Quinn College, a small, urban, historically Black College in Dallas, Texas, and Morris Brown College, a small, urban historically Black College in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 over 80 doctoral students since 2000.

• Ph.D. higher education (with law), January 2000, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
• M.S. higher education, May 1992, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
• B.A. political science, May 1990, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI

  • Expertise & Research Interest

    History of American Higher Education, Minority Serving Institutions, Leadership, Equity, Diversity, and Philanthropy

  • Recent & Selected Publications

    Recent Books:

    Marybeth Gasman & Thai-Huy Nguyen, Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019).

    Clifton Conrad and Marybeth Gasman, Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015).

    Marybeth Gasman (with Louis W. Sullivan), The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

    Michael Bieze and Marybeth Gasman, Rediscovering Booker T. Washington (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

    Marybeth Gasman, Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).


    Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles:

    Thai-Huy Nguyen, William Casey Boland, & Marybeth Gasman, “HBCUs, STEM Education, and the Pursuit for Legitimacy,” British Journal of Sociology of Education (2020) (available on-line).

    Daniel Blake, Marybeth Gasman, Paola ‘Lola’ Esmieu, & Andrés Castro Samayoa, “Culturally Relevant Study Abroad for Students of Color: Lessons from the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in London,” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (2019).

    Todd Lundberg, Marybeth Gasman, Clif Conrad, Thai-Huy Nguyen, & Felecia Commodore, “Redefining the Matriculation of Underprepared Students: The Case of Developmental Math Education at Chief Dull Knife College,” Review of Higher Education (2018).

    William Casey Boland, Marybeth Gasman, Thai-Huy Nguyen, & Andrés Castro Samayoa, “Master Plan and the Future of California Higher Education: Assessing the Impact of State Policy on Minority Serving Institutions,” American Educational Research Journal (August 2018 online).

    Alice C. Ginsberg, Marybeth Gasman, & Andrés Castro Samayoa, “‘It’s in Your Heart’: How the California Mini-Corps Program and Hispanic Serving Institutions are Transforming Migrant Student Education,” The Teacher Educator (June, 2018), 244-262.

    Dolly Nguyen, Mike Nguyen, Thai-Huy Nguyen, Marybeth Gasman, and Clif Conrad, “From Marginalized to Validated: An In-depth Case Study of an Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution,” Review of Higher Education, 41(3), (2018), 327-363.

    Andrés Castro Samayoa, Marybeth Gasman, Natalie Gonzales, & Polet Milian, “Academic Mestijaze: Embracing Hispanicity in the Humanities at Hispanic Serving Institutions,” Journal of Latinos and Education, (May, 2018 online).

    Marybeth Gasman, Thai-Huy Nguyen, Clif Conrad, Todd Lundberg, & Felecia Commodore, “Morehouse College: Promoting Black Male Success in STEM,” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education vol. 10, no. 2 (2016): 181-200.

    Thai-Huy Nguyen & Marybeth Gasman, “Activism, Identity, and Service: The Influence of the Asian American Movement on College Student Experiences,” History of Education, 44, no. 3, (2015): 339-354.

    Marybeth Gasman, Ufuoma Abiola & Christopher Travers, “Diversity and Senior Leadership at Elite Institutions of Higher Education,” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 8, no. 1 (2015): 1-14.

    Marybeth Gasman, Thai-Huy Nguyen, & Clif Conrad, “Lives Intertwined: A Primer on the History and Emergence of Minority Serving Institutions,” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 8, no. 2 (2015): 120-138.

    Marybeth Gasman, Dorsey Spencer & Cecelia Orphan, “Building Bridges, Not Fences: A History of Civic Engagement at Private Black Colleges and Universities,” History of Education Quarterly 55, no. 3, (2015): 346-379.

    Marybeth Gasman, “Perceptions of Black College Presidents: Sorting through Stereotypes and Reality to Gain a Complex Picture,” American Educational Research Journal 48, no. 4 (2011): 836-870.

    Marybeth Gasman, “Swept Under the Rug: A Historiography of Gender and Black Colleges.” American Educational Research Journal, (Winter, 2007), vol. 44, no. 3, 760-805

  • Honors & Awards

    Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship, American Education Research Association, Multicultural SIG, 2018.

    University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentor, 2015.

    Association for the Study of Higher Education Leadership Award, 2014.

    Distinguished Alumni Award, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, 2013

    American Education Research Association, Fellow, 2013

    Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation’s Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship, 2012.

    Ozell Sutton Medallion of Justice (for research and action related to Black colleges), Philander Smith College, 2010.

    University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008.

    Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, 2006

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