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 (HBCUs), minority serving institutions, African American leadership, and fundraising and philanthropy. Her research also explores the role education has in the development, growth, and journey of students seeking a college degree. She has written or edited 21 books, including Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions (with Clifton Conrad), Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, and Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Turner). Eight of Dr. Gasman’s books have won research awards.