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Matthew A. Witenstein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Department of Educational Administration


Email: Matthew Witenstein, Ph.D.
Phone: 937-229-3447
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 665A
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV



  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Research, Claremont Graduate University, 2015
  • M.A. in Educational Research Methodology, Louisiana State University, 2004
  • M.S. in Leadership and Policy Studies of Higher EducationUniversity of Memphis, 1999
  • B.A. in English, Towson University, 1996

Research Interests

  • Immigrants in higher education
  • International educational experiences (study abroad/study away/immersion)
  • International/comparative higher education research focused on higher educational quality, organization and governance issues

Selected Publications

Witenstein, M. A. & Thakur, N. (2023, Advanced online publication) Leaning into a Critical Theory of Love to Adaptively Engage in Teaching and Learning during Covid-19 in India and the USA, International Journal of Educational Reform.

Witenstein, M. A. & Abdallah, J. (2023) Composite Storytelling Affiliated College Faculty Narratives in India to Propose Curriculum and Exam Policy Revisions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Leadership Studies, 4(2), 92-105.

Witenstein, M. A., Davila, N., Karikari, L., & Wright, C. (2023). Conceptualizing a Proposed Model for Re-Orienting Career Centers for Immigrant College Students, Journal of Career Development, 50(3), 519-533.  

Witenstein, M. A. & Abdallah, J. (2022). Applying the street-level bureaucracy framework for education policy discernment to curriculum and exam policies in India, Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, 52(437-452).

Sullivan, M. & Witenstein, M. A. (2022) Infusing restorative justice practices into college student conduct practices, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 15(6), 695-699.

Witenstein, M. A. & Iyengar, R. I. (2021). A bottom-up approach to improve women’s access to technical and vocational education and training in India: Examining a non-formal education upskilling programme, International Review of Education, 67(4), 475-484.

Jackson, O. & Witenstein, M. A. (2021). Creating spaces for underserved communities: Expanding and conceptualizing intersectionality, Perspectives in Education, 39(2), 4-18.

Witenstein, M. A. & Cervantes, D. A. (2020). Unhinging the machismo binary through a third space lens: Reframing Latinx males postsecondary academic decision-making, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Leadership Studies 1(3), 27-39.

Witenstein, M. A. (2020). Bicultural negotiation of South Asian immigrant female faculty in the US Academy, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, 14(4), 191-204.

Barnett, R. & Witenstein, M. A. (2020). Imagining a Climate of Equity through Critical Theory of Love: Using CPAR to Identify Guiding Principles that Humanize Library Work. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(5), 1-7.

Selected Books and Chapters

Gottlieb, E., Iyengar, R., & Witenstein, M. A. (Forthcoming, 2024). Comparative and International Education: The Fundamentals. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Sommers, J., Navam, J. & Witenstein, M. A. (Forthcoming, 2023). Honoring the Funds of Knowledge of Immigrant College Students through Appreciative Advising. Silver, B. & Pagliarulo McCarron, G. (Eds.) Supporting College Students of Immigrant Origin: New Insights from Research, Policy, and Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Street, K. & Witenstein, M. A. (Forthcoming, 2023). Co-creating an EMBA Mentoring Program for Women Using a Sense of Belonging. In Budhai Smith, S. & Hill, D. (Eds.) IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Exercising Socially Just Leadership and Making Equitable Change. Maine: Myers Education Press.

Bohrer, K, Witenstein, M. A., Niebler, M., Sweet, C., & Burkett, M. (2021). A Journey approach to vocation: Contextualizing immersion experiences for vocation exploration. In Velasquez, K. & Wilhoit, S. (Eds.) Engaging with vocation on campus: Supporting students vocational discernment through curricular and co-curricular approaches. (13-26). New York: Routledge.


Saeed, T. Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Byker, E. J. (Eds.). (Forthcoming, 2023). Politics of Education: Exploring Education and Democratization in South Asia: South Asian perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Witenstein, M. A., & Iyengar, R. (2023). Policies, Practices and the Future of Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Communities in the Margins, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, [Special Issue] 17(3).

Associate Editor of Diaspora Indigenous and Minority Education, 2019-present

Co-editor of the book series South Asian Education Policy, Research and Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016-present

Baily, S., Anderson, E., Call-Cummings, M., Iyengar, R, Manion, C, Shah, P., & Witenstein, M. A. (Eds.) (In Press, 2020). Interrogating and innovating CIE research. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Brill Publishers.

Setty, R. Kidwai, Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Kidwai, H., Byker, E. J. (Eds.). (2019). Teaching and Teacher Education: South Asian Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kidwai, H., Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Byker, E. J., & Setty, R. (Eds.). (2017). Participatory action research and educational development: South Asian perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Editorial Review Board for: Hartlep, N. D. (2012). The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Selected Conference Presentations

Witenstein, M. A., Baxter, A., Iyengar, R., Bah, S. & Schaller, E. (November, 2023). A Scoping Study of Global Citizenship Education and Education For Sustainable Development in Higher Education. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Hatch-Tocaimaza, D. K.., & Witenstein, M. A. (2023). Engagement Redux: Revisiting and Recommitting to the Transformative Axiology of Engagement toward Justice. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Young, M. D., & Witenstein, M. A. (2023). Adapting To Change: Using A Street-Level-Bureaucracy Lens To Identify Core Competencies For Community College Admissions Counselors. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Minneapolis, MN, USA. 

Witenstein, M. A. (June, 2023). Essentializing Global Citizenship Education’s Place in the Higher Education Landscape. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Witenstein, M. A. Bogard, T. (April, 2023). Conceptualizing Cultural Humility and Cultural Curiosity to Meet the Theory-to-Practice Needs of Contemporary. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, USA.

Witenstein, M. A. Allen, M., Tapscott, D., & Johnson, S. (April, 2023). Developing the Anti-Racist Marianist Collaborative Framework to Critique and Revise an Institutional Bias Response Protocol. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, USA.

Witenstein, M. A., Baxter, A., Iyengar, R, Schaller, E., Bah, S., Rosales, R. & Sarkar, U. (February, 2023). Centering justice and breaking down silos in university global citizenship and education for sustainable development. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, USA.

Witenstein, M. A., Wright, C., Karikari, L., & Davila, N. (February, 2023). Situating Co-Learning at the Heart of College Career Center Dynamics between Institutional Agents and Immigrant Students. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, USA.

Selected Invited Lectures

Witenstein, M. A. (7th July 2023). Valedictory, Keynote Speech “Love as Justice as a Mechanism for Elevating the Knowledges and Values of Youth in Contemporary Society”, Humanities Conference on Understanding Youth and Society through the Lens of Humanities, St. Claret College, Bengaluru, India.

Witenstein, M. A., Wright, C. & Karikari, L. (19th April 2023). Guest Lecture for the PhD Inequalities in Education 647 course at Claremont Graduate University about the research project “Immigrant College Students and the Career Center”. (Based on our co-authored article and second-phase study).

Witenstein, M. A. (6th April 2023). Facilitator/Mentor for “Developing a Research Agenda and Preparing a Research Statement”, ASHE Council on International Higher Education Mentoring and Networking program. Online.

Witenstein, M. A. (24th February 2023). Moderator for “No justice, no sustainability : No sustainability, no justice: The Role of Equity and Justice in Sustainable Development,” (Keynote Helen Bond), US Summit on Transformative Education. Online.

Witenstein, M. A. (22nd February 2023). Invited Panelist for New Scholars Essentialist Series Session “Preparing for an Academic Career”, Comparative and International Education Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA. 

Witenstein, M. A. (Fall 2022, twice). Guest Lecture for the PhD Research Methods 601 course at Claremont Graduate University entitled “Data Analysis”.

Witenstein, M. A. (7th December, 2022). Plenary Speaker, “"Elevating" Street-Level Bureaucracy to the Front Lines of Indian Higher Education Policy Discussions” for the conference Changing Paradigms of Higher Education in India and the Way Ahead/CPHEI-2022, Akal University, Talwandi Sabo, Punjab, India.

Witenstein, M. A. (29th November, 2022). Keynote Speaker “Experiential Learning through Civic Engagement Reflection-To-Practice: An Experience Grounded in Love as Justice” for the conference Experiential Learning, a Holistic Approach in Education, MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur, Maharashtra, India.