Faculty & Staff

Katalin Szelényi, PhD

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Higher Education Administration, College of Education and Human Development



PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Additional Information

Dr. Szelényi’s research focuses on the ways in which public good-related, entrepreneurial, and commercial goals shape higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the undergraduate and graduate levels; the global and international dimensions of university life; and the experiences of women in STEM fields. Her co-authored book with Robert A. Rhoads, Global citizenship and the university: Advancing social life and relations in an interdependent world (Stanford University Press, 2011), received awards from the American Educational Research Association (Division J: Postsecondary Education, Exemplary Publication Award, 2012) and the ASHE Council for International Higher Education (2013). Her work has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Minerva, Higher Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Comparative Education Review, Community College Review, and Education & Society. Dr. Szelényi was the co-principal investigator on a project supported by the National Science Foundation focusing on the impact of living learning programs on the academic and social outcomes of undergraduates with specific emphasis on women in STEM fields. She serves on the Editorial Board of Research in Higher Education  and is the Chair Elect of the ASHE Council for International Higher Education.

Dr. Szelényi teaches courses on the history of higher education in the United States, the impact of college on students, qualitative research methods, research design, educational leadership skills, the globalization of higher education, and women in higher education.

Prior to joining UMass Boston, Dr. Szelényi was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, where her work focused on the National Study of Living Learning Programs (NSLLP), a large-scale, mixed-methods research study funded by the National Science Foundation. Her dissertation was cited for excellence by the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award.


Selected Publications


Rhoads, R. A., and Szelényi, K. (2011). Global citizenship and the university: Advancing social life and relations in an interdependent world. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Recipient of American Educational Research Association, Division J: 2012 Exemplary Publication Award and the ASHE Council for International Higher Education 2013 Research Award.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Mars, M., Bresonis, K., & Szelényi, K. (2014). STEM doctoral student socialization, Logics, and the national economic agenda: Alignment or disconnect between science and entrepreneurship. Minerva, 52(3), 351-379.

Szelényi, K., & Bresonis, K. (2014). The public good and academic capitalism: Science and engineering doctoral students and faculty on the boundary of shifting knowledge regimes. The Journal of Higher Education, 85(1), 126-153.

Szelényi, K., Denson, N., & Inkelas, K. K. (2013). Women in STEM majors and professional outcome expectations: The role of living learning programs and other college environments. Research in Higher Education, 54(8), 851-873.

Szelényi, K., & Rhoads, R. A. (2013). Academic culture and citizenship in transitional societies: Case studies from China and Hungary. Higher Education, 66(4), 425-438.

Szelényi, K. (2013). The meaning of money in the socialization of science and engineering doctoral students: Nurturing the next generation of academic capitalists? The Journal of Higher Education, 84(2), 266-294.

Szelényi, K., & Goldberg, R. A. (2011). Commercial funding in academe: Examining the correlates of faculty’s use of industrial and business funding for academic work. The Journal of Higher Education, 82(6), 775-802.

Szelényi, K., & Inkelas, K. K. (2011). The role of living-learning programs in women’s plans to attend graduate school in STEM fields. Research in Higher Education, 52(4), 349-369.

McClure, K., Szelényi, K., Anderson, A., Niehaus, N, & Reed, J. (2010). We just don’t have the possibility yet: U.S. Latina and Latino narratives on study abroad. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(3), 367-386.

Rhoads, R. A., & Szelényi, K. (2010). Globally engaged universities and the changing context of academic citizenship. Education & Society, 27(2), 5-26.