Marybeth Gasman

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Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and one of the leading authorities in the country on historically black colleges (HBCUs).[1] Gasman is an historian of higher education and currently serves as the vice president of the history and historiography section of the American Educational Research Association and as the chair of the American Association of University Professor's Committee on HBCUs.[1] In 2006, Dr. Gasman received the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, and in 2008 she won the Penn Excellence in Teaching Award.[2]


Gasman is the author of several books, including the 2007 book Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, which was cited as "an invaluable contribution" to the field of higher education for African Americans and to "the general area of the history of higher education.[3] Gasman has also published Charles S. Johnson: Leadership beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (with Patrick J. Gilpin), Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson-Thompkins), and Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick). She is an editor of Gender and Educational 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).[2]

Blogs and other media[edit]

Gasman contributes to several blogs, including [Diverse Issues in Higher Education], the Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Choice: Demystifying College Admissions and Aid by [The New York Times].[4] Gasman is often quoted in the media as an expert on HBCUs, including the Atlanta Post, The Herald-Sun (Durham), and Inside Higher Ed.


Gasman received a B.A. in Political Science and Communication at St. Norbert College (1990) and an M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (2000) in Higher Education and Law at Indiana University. Gasman has been a Penn GSE faculty member since 2003.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Who is Marybeth Gasman?". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Marybeth Gasman". Penn GSE. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Review of Envisioning Black Colleges". The Review of Higher Education, Volume 31, Number 4. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Blog Posts by Marybeth Gasman". Penn GSE. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 

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