Nidiffer

Jana Nidiffer

Jana Nidiffer is an associate professor and Coordinator of the Post-Masters and PhD cognate in Higher Education. She teaches courses on current, historical, gender-related, and methodological issues higher education. Her primary research interests include access and opportunity in higher education from an historical perspective. She has also written on women’s issues in higher education including leadership, the history of university administration, the declining access of poor students, women’s suffrage and the historiographical challenges of the researching the poor.

Courses Taught

  • Doctoral Seminar on Research
  • Educational Policy and Politics
  • History of American Higher Education
  • American Higher Education
  • Administering Colleges and Universities
  • Gender Issues in Higher Education

Professional Interests

  • History of Higher Education
  • Historiography
  • Gender Issues
  • Social Justice/Transformational Potential of Higher Education
  • Low SES Students and Access

Selected Publications

Books

Nidiffer, Jana and Bashaw, Carolyn, (Eds.). Women Administrators in Higher Education:  Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Albany, NY:  SUNY Press, Frontiers in Higher Education Series, 2001. http://www.amazon.com/Women-Administrators-Higher-Education-Contemporary/dp/0791448177/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424827759&sr=8-2&keywords=jana+nidiffer

Nidiffer, Jana.  Pioneering Deans of Women:  More Than Wise and Pious Matrons.  New York: Teachers College Press, 2000. http://www.amazon.com/Pioneering-Deans-Women-Matrons-Athene/dp/0807739146/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424827833&sr=1-4&keywords=jana+nidiffer

Levine, Arthur and Nidiffer, Jana. Beating the Odds:  How the Poor Get to College. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996. http://www.amazon.com/Beating-Odds-College-Jossey-Education/dp/0787901326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424827713&sr=8-1&keywords=jana+nidiffer

Articles (most cited)

Nidiffer, Jana and Cain, Timothy Reese. (2005). “‘Elder Brothers’ of the University: Early Vice-Presidents in Late Nineteenth Century Universities.” History of Education Quarterly, 44(4), 487-523. SEE PDF

Nidiffer, Jana and Bouman, Jeffrey P. (2004). “‘The University of the Poor’: The University of Michigan’s Transition from Admitting Impoverished Students to Studying Poverty, 1870-1910.” American Educational Research Journal, 41(1), 35-67. SEE PDF

Book Chapters

Nidiffer, Jana. “Historical Research on Low-Income Students in Higher Education,” in Critical Issues in the History of Higher Education. New Foundations for Higher Education Series, Marybeth Gasman and Edward St. John, eds. New York: Routlege, 2010. http://www.amazon.com/History-U-S-Higher-Education-Understanding/dp/0415873657/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427982475&sr=1-6&keywords=marybeth+gasman

Nidiffer, Jana. “An Historical Glimpse of Women Leaders in Higher Education,” in Gender and Women’s Issues in Leadership. SAGE Reference Series On Leadership, Karen O’Connor, ed. New York: SAGE, 2010.
http://www.amazon.com/Gender-Womens-Leadership-Reference-Handbook/dp/1412960835/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427983700&sr=1-1&keywords=9781412960830

Nidiffer, Jana. “Corrective Lenses: Suffrage, Feminist Post-Structural Analysis, and the History of Higher Education,” in Re/constructing Policy in Higher Education: Perspectives from Feminist Poststructural Policy, Elizabeth Allan, Susan Iverson, and Becky Ropers-Huilman, eds. New York: Routlege, 2010. http://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Policy-Higher-Education-Poststructural-ebook/dp/B002RGMKGM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427983282&sr=8-1&keywords=Rebecca+Ropers-Huilman

Service

I have served on the executive and editorial boards of two major professional associations – the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the History of Education Society – and review numerous manuscripts for journals and book publishers.