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Marybeth Gasman

Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Marybeth Gasman is the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor 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 25 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). Her newest book, Making Black Scientists (with Thai-Huy Nguyen), is forthcoming with Harvard University Press.  She has written over 250 peer-reviewed articles, scholarly essays, and book chapters. Marybeth has penned over 450 opinion articles for the nation’s newspapers and magazines and is ranked by Education Week as one of the 10 most influential education scholars in the nation. She has raised over $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 over 80 doctoral students since 2003.

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Our Nation’s Professoriate, Diversity, & Racism: The Five Truths We Don’t Want to Confront

Marybeth Gasman

Held November 29, 2018