Manja Klemenčič is Lecturer in Sociology (of Higher Education) at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. She is local affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University and associate researcher at the Centre for Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education at University of Ljubljana. Together with Julie Reuben and Luke Menand she co-chairs the Mahindra Center Seminar Series at Harvard University entitled: Universities: Past, Present, and Future.
Co-Editor (with Paul Ashwin) - Book Series Understanding Student Experiences in Higher Education (Bloomsbury)
Thematic Editor - “Elite and Mass Higher Education in the 21st Century”, International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions (Springer)
Editorial Board Member - Tertiary Education and Management
Editorial Board Member - Policy Reviews in Higher Education
Editorial Board Member - Higher Education in Russia and Beyond
Editorial Board Member - Journal of Student Affairs in Africa
Editorial Board Member - The Europa World of Learning
Manja researches, teaches, advises and consults in the areas of sociology of higher education and international and comparative higher education, with interests in:
student centred-learning environments and educational innovation in higher education
student politics: representation (student unions and councils) and activism
higher education politics and policy-making in national and international contexts
higher education systems and institutions
reform processes in higher education: teaching and learning, internationalization, diversification and positioning, governance, academic profession
quality assurance and institutional research
- "Student Power" which explores capabilities of students to critically shape their responsiveness to (and interaction with and within) higher education environment (i.e. student agency in higher education) for the purposes of self-formation and well-being.
- An undergraduate textbook "Introduction to Sociology of Higher Education".
- “Digital ethnography” through a web application "myshouty" as a method of inquiry into student well-being and self-formation (piloted on web application "ErasmusShouts").
Manja obtained PhD in International Studies (Department of Politics and International Studies) and M. Phil in European Studies (Department of History and Center for International Studies) from University of Cambridge, and BA in Economics from University of Maribor, Slovenia. She held research and or teaching positions at Harvard Graduate School of Education; Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (residing at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin); Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University; Centre for Educational Policy Studies at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Center for Business and Government at Harvard University; Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium; Center for Educational Management and Higher Education Development, Danube University Krems, Austria; Center for International Higher Education at Boston College; and Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.
She frequently consults international organisations, national governments, universities and national quality assurance agencies on reforms, strategies and evaluations of higher education systems and higher education institutions. She also acts as external evaluator for quality assurance agencies, national research funding agencies and the European Union funding agencies.
Manja is married to Khaled El Rouayheb. With their two children they live in Cambridge, MA and spend summers in Slovenia.
Note on pronounciation: Manja as "Manya" and Klemenčič as "Klemenchich"