Research Interests: International and comparative higher education; sociology of higher education; politics and policies of higher education; student agency; student campus employment; student administrators; student representation; academic profession; student-centered learning and teaching in higher education; Europe.
Klemenčič’s three staple courses at Faculty of Arts and Sciences are:
- GENED1039 Higher Education: Students, Institutions, and Controversies (NEW COURSE offered in Fall 2019) (trailer) (Canvas course site), research-based multidisciplinary course exploring contemporary higher education leading to a collaborative capstone research project (counts as Sociology electivecourse; meets Gen Ed requirement in Histories, Societies, and Individuals; a foundational course qualifying towards Secondary Field in Education Studies)
- SOCIOL 1130 Student Leadership and Service in Higher Education (trailer) (Canvas course site)(offered in Spring 2020), an Engaged Scholarship action research-based seminar specifically designed for students in service and leadership roles at Harvard leading to an independent or collaborative capstone research project (counts as Sociology elective course; meets Secondary in Education Studies course requirements and – with instructor’s approval – can qualify as Ed Secondary capstone project)
- SOCIOL 1104 Higher Education: Institutions, Inequalities, and Controversies (trailer) (expected to be offered in 2020-2021), a research-based undergraduate seminar introducing sociology of higher education leading to an independent capstone research project (counts as Sociology elective course; meets Secondary Field in Education Studies course requirements and – with instructor’s approval – can qualify as Ed Secondary capstone project)
Manja has been voted one of the favorite professors of the Class of 2019 (Harvard Yearbook Publications) and has obtained Bok Center’s certificate of excellence in teaching for every installation of SOCIOL1104 and SOCIOL1130.
Currently, Klemenčič is working on three publications: an undergraduate textbook Introduction to Higher Education, a monograph Student Impact in Higher Education, and an edited volume Routledge Handbook on Student-Centered Learning and Instruction (forthcoming in Spring 2020). She is a member of the global research network APIKS – Academic Profession in the Knowledge Society.
Her academic service comprises the roles of Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Higher Education, Co-Editor of the Bloomsbury book series Understanding Student Experiences of Higher Education and Thematic Editor of the Springer Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. At Harvard, she is a Co-Chair (with Professor Julie Reuben and Professor Louis Menand) of the Mahindra Center Seminar Series entitled: Universities: Past, Present, and Future.