Research Interests: international and comparative higher education; sociology of higher 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 2017-18, Manja Klemenčič will offer two seminars: in Fall, SOCIOL 104 Higher Education: Institutions, Inequalities, and Controversies, and in Spring, SOCIOL 130 Higher Education Policy and Service: On Campus and Beyond. Manja is currently principal investigator for two collaborative research projects. The project “myshouty” is now piloting “myshouty” app to develop and apply digital ethnography for collecting data on student experiences in higher education. She is also launching a new international collaborative project on global university brands in collaboration with colleagues from Oxford University, Melbourne University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Manja is a member of the Global Network on Changing Academic Profession, which is developing international comparative research on the academic profession in the knowledge-based society and the formative years of academics. Her independent project "Academic superstars: what it takes to succeed in academia" is based on conversations with tenured Harvard professors who served at Harvard over 30 years.
Manja obtained her PhD in International Studies (Politics) from University of Cambridge. She is Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Higher Education (Routledge/Taylor&Francis); Thematic Editor of International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions (Springer); and Co-editor (with Paul Ashwin) of the book series Understanding student experiences in higher education (Bloomsbury). 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.
Manja's most recent (2016) consultancy appointments included a comprehensive review of higher education system of Armenia (for UNESCO), training on implementation of student surveys at the Benchmarking workshop for Partnership in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) for Africa (for the World Bank) and a workshop on implementation of student-centered learning in higher education in Kazakhstan (for 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 (forthcoming in 2017).