Research Interests: International and comparative higher education; sociology of higher education; sociology of education; higher education policy and politics; student agency; student political behavior; digital ethnography; quality of teaching and learning in higher education.
During the academic year 2018-19, Manja Klemenčič will offer two courses both qualifying towards Secondary Field in Education Studies: in Fall, a research-intensive undergraduate seminar SOCIOL 1104 Higher Education: Institutions, Inequalities, and Controversies (trailer), and in Spring, an Engaged Scholarship lecture course SOCIOL 1130 Higher Education Policy and Service: On Campus and Beyond (trailer). Currently, she is working on an undergraduate textbook Introduction to Sociology of Higher Education, a book manuscript Student Power through Politics and Service, and is part of a national research team within the global research network APIKS – Academic Profession in the Knowledge Society. She published extensively on student politics and different aspects of higher education policy reforms: see https://scholar.harvard.edu/manja_klemencic/.
Manja obtained her PhD in International Studies (Politics/Political Sociology) from University of Cambridge. She is 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. She serves on editorial boards of Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, Policy Reviews in Higher Education, Tertiary Education and Management, Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, and The Europa World of Learning. At Harvard, Manja serves as co-chair (with Professor Julie Reuben and Professor Louis Menand) of the Mahindra Center Seminar Series entitled: Universities: Past, Present, and Future.
Manja's most recent consultancy appointments included a comprehensive review of higher education system of Armenia (UNESCO), design of methodology for student engagement surveys for Partnership in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) for Africa (World Bank), a workshop on implementation of student-centered learning in higher education in Kazakhstan (the European Commission) and evaluation of project proposals for the Spinelli Prize and Jean Monnet Action (the European Commission).
She has been invited keynote speaker at the annual research conferences of the major European academic associations in the field of higher education: the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) (2013); The UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research Network (HEIR) (2013); the European Higher Education Society - Linking research, policy and practice (EAIR) (2015), and the European Educational Research Association (EERA), the largest European gathering of researches on education (2017).