Sam Museus

Sam Museus
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    La Jolla , California 92093


Sam Museus is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Founding Director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE). Prior to joining UCSD, he taught Higher Education Studies at Indiana University—Bloomington, the University of Denver, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Massachusetts—Boston. 


Museus has produced over 300 academic publications and invited/conference presentations focused on diversity and equity, social movements and activism, institutional environments and change, and educational outcomes. He has published in a wide range of journals, such as the Harvard Educational ReviewJournal of Higher EducationResearch in Higher EducationReview of Educational Research, and Teachers College Record. 


Museus is actively involved in many national professional associations and has served on several editorial boards. He also consults with colleges and universities across the nation that seek to cultivate more equitable campus environments. He has appeared in several media outlets, such as NPR and the Boston Globe. Over the years, Museus has also received several national awards in recognition of the impact of his scholarship and advocacy, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) Early Career Award in 2011 and the NASPA George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Research and Literature Award in 2014. 


Research Interests

Critical theory, critical university studies, critical social movements studies, (in)equity in higher education, institutional culture and change, diverse community flourishing.



Ph.D., Higher Education Administration - The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Higher Education - University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities
B.A., History & Sociology - University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities


Selected Publications

Existing publications can be found here.