Marcus T. Wright, Ed.D.

Marcus T. Wright

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies


351 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk


Marcus T. Wright, Ed.D. is a higher education professional who has taught, mentored and advised hundreds of college students at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), Widener University, Holy Family University, the Community College of Philadelphia, and Rutgers University. His philosophy is to empower college students with the critical thinking, confidence, self-direction, and resource-seeking skills necessary for them to successfully navigate their opportunities and curate meaningful collegiate experiences. He believes that it is not enough to facilitate degree attainment; rather, educators must also relentlessly pursue the development of a campus environment where all students feel like they belong. His research examines issues that first-generation students face in elite institutions, with his most recent study exploring the relationship between the parents of first-generation students and those elite institutions. A first-generation student himself, Marcus strives to contribute to an equitable future in higher education for students of all backgrounds.


Ed.D. (2023), University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

M.S.Ed. (2014), University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

B.A. (2006), Rutgers University, Sociology