Faculty Directory

Andrés Castro Samayoa

Program Director, Higher Education, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


ELHE Educational Leadership & Higher Education


Andrés Castro Samayoa’s work enhances experiences for students of color from under-resourced communities—specifically focusing on Hispanic-serving institutions. His expertise includes the social history of large-scale datasets in post-secondary education; educational researchers' use of data to explore issues of diversity; and the institutionalization of services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender students.


Previously, Castro Samayoa served as assistant director for assessment at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. His current projects concentrate on diversifying the teaching profession at the K–12 and post-secondary levels. One of these projects explores the ways Hispanic-serving institutions diversify faculty in the humanities and social sciences.


He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his master’s degree from Cambridge University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education as well as the American Educational Research Association.


Edited Books


Referred Articles

  • Gasman, M. Regla-Vargas, A.+, Sandoval, C.+, Castro Samayoa, A., Nguyen, T. (2020). Contributions of Historically Black Colleges & Universities to the Production of Black Nurses. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(2), 76-82. doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20200122-04
  • Blake, D.*, Gasman, M., Esmieu, P., Castro Samayoa, A., Cener, J. (2020). Culturally relevant study abroad for students of color: Lessons from the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in London. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 13(2), 158-168. /doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000112
  • Castro Samayoa, A., Wargo, J. & Oliveira, G. (2019). Data’s (In)Humanism: re/presentations of state, institutions, and practices in contemporary educational research. Qualitative Inquiry [Advance Online Publication], doi.org/10.1177/1077800419883302
  • Nguyen, T., Gasman, M., Peña, V. & Castro Samayoa, A. The contributions of Historically Black Colleges to Nursing Education. (Accepted in Journal of Nursing Education).
  • Boland, W., Gasman, M. & Castro Samayoa, A., Bennett, D.* (2019). The Effect of Enrolling in a Minority Serving Institution on Earnings Compared to non-Minority Serving Institutions: A College Scorecard Analysis. Research in Higher Education [Advance Online publication], doi.org/10.1007/s11162-019-09580-w
  • Villarreal, D.*, Gonzalez-Canché, M., Gasman, A., Castro Samayoa, A., Ginsberg, A. (2019). Differing Roles, Differing Concerns: Using network analysis as a tool to highlight diverging concerns and priorities surrounding teacher education at Minority-Serving Institutions. The Teacher Educator, 54(4), 446-459, doi.org./10.1080/08878730.2019.1618425
  • Blake, D., Gasman, M., Esmieu, P., Castro Samayoa, A., Cener, J. (2019). Culturally Relevant Study Abroad for Students of Color: Lessons from the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in London. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. [Online First]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000112
  • Castro Samayoa, A., Stolzenberg, E.B., Zimmerman, H. & Gasman, M. (2018). Understanding Black Students' Social Agency at Historically Black Colleges: Data from a National Survey. Frontiers in Education: Leadership in Education. doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2018.00094
  • Castro Samayoa, A. & Gasman, M. (2018). The New Urban College Model: A Case Study of Paul Quinn College and Shifting Assessment Standards. New Directions in Institutional Research, 177, 131-140, doi.org/10.1002/ir.20261
  • Boland, W., Gasman, M., Nguyen, T. & Castro Samayoa, A. (2018). The Master Plan and the Future of California Higher Education: Assessing the Impact of State Policy on Minority-Serving Institutions. American Educational Research Journal [Online First]. doi.org/10.3102/0002831218787463
  • Ginsberg, A., Gasman, M. & Castro Samayoa, A. (2018). ‘It’s in your heart’: How the California Mini Corp Program and Minority Serving Institutions are transforming migrant student education. The Teacher Educator, 53(3), 244-262. doi.org/10.1080/08878730.2018.1441349
  • Castro Samayoa, A., Gasman, M., Gonzalez, N. & Milian, P. (2018). Academic mestizaje: Amplifying the role of Hispanic Serving Institutions in the humanities. Journal of Latinos & Education [Online First]. doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2018.1472601
  • Castro Samayoa, A. (2018). “People around me here, they know the struggle”: Students' experiences with faculty member's mentorship at three Hispanic Serving Institutions. Education Sciences, 8(2). doi.org/10.3390/educsci8020049
  • Nguyen, T-H., Castro Samayoa, A., Gasman, M. & Mobley, S. (2018). Challenging respectability: Student health directors providing services to lesbian & gay students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Teachers College Record, 120(2), 1-44. http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=21967
  • Castro Samayoa, A. & Nicolazzo, Z. (2017). Affect and/as collective resistance in a post-truth moment. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30(10): 988-993. doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2017.1312595
  • Gasman, M., Nguyen, T-H., Castro Samayoa, A. & Corral, D. (2017). Minority Serving Institutions mosaic: A data-driven student landscape. Berkeley Review of Education, 7(1), 5-24. doi.org/10.5070/B87110020
  • Gasman, M., Castro Samayoa, A. & Ginsberg, A. (2017). Minority Serving Institutions: Incubators of teachers of color. The Teacher Educator, 52(2): 84-98. doi.org/10.1080/08878730.2017.1294923
  • Ginsberg, A., Castro Samayoa, A. & Gasman, M. (2017). The role of minority serving institutions in transforming teacher education and diversifying the teaching profession: A literature review and research agenda. Teachers College Record, 119(10). http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=21844
  • Castro Samayoa, A. Nguyen, T-H., Gasman, M., Commodore, F. & Abiola, U. (2016). Examining the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Negro Education, 85(4): 480-488. doi.org/10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.4.0480

Book Chapters

  • Castro Samayoa, A. (2019). Starting with sexuality: Conceptualizing (mis)translations of sexualities and genders as willful strategies of organizational survival at a Mexican university. In Nicolazzo, Z & Henderson, E. (Eds.). Starting with Gender: Concept and Methodology in International Higher Education Research. Routledge.
  • Gasman, M., Nguyen, T-H., Castro Samayoa, A., & Corral, D. (2018). Critical Importance of Minority Serving Institutions and the risks of accountability measures which ignore their distinctive circumstances. In Gary Orfield & Nicholas Hillman (Eds.). College opportunity and accountability: The civil rights dimension. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. 
  • Abiola, U., Gasman, M., Nguyen, TP., Castro Samayoa, A., & Commodore, F. (2014). “Historical and contemporary challenges of African American undergraduate students,” In Joseph Devitas and Pietro Sasso (Eds.). Today’s College Students. New York: Peter Lang.


  • Castro Samayoa, A. (2018). Minority Serving Institutions under Trump’s presidency: Considerations for current policies and future directions. Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. Washington, D.C.


Castro, Samayoa, A. (PI). (2020-2021). Tracing the shifting rhetoric of ethnoracial difference in federal responses to education, 1958-2018. HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Advanced Collaborative Support Grant. [6-month external in-kind technical support granted for project]

Castro, Samayoa, A. (PI), Nguyen, B-M.D., Nguyten, T. (2020-2022). Between the public good & racialized animus: Public universities’ responses to influenza pandemics, 1957-2022. The Spencer Foundation COVID-19 Grant. $49,556.15

Castro Samayoa, A. (PI) & Muñiz, R. (Co-PI) (2019-2020). What’s the worth of a legal education today? Using normative case studies to examine Latinx students’ articulations of the value proposition of law schools across differently-institutions.  The Spencer Foundation. $49,958 

Castro Samayoa, A., (PI), Muñiz, R., (Co-PI)., Gates, E., (Co-PI). (2019). What’s it all for? Exploring how Latinx students and university officials at differently-ranked law schools articulate legal education's value through normative case studies. AccessLex Institute & American Institutional Research Research Grant. $49,978. RG-27563.

Castro Samayoa, A. (PI). (2018). Narrating Boston College’s Pursuit of Social Justice: Networks of Alumni Voices Informing Future Higher Education Practitioners. Teaching, Advising & Mentorship Grant. Boston College. $10,000.

Gasman, M. (PI) & Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI). (2017). Strengthening preparation for junior faculty at Minority Serving Institutions. University Research Foundation Award. $3,000.

Gasman, M. (PI) & Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI). (2016). Propelling More Underrepresented Students toward Success in STEM Careers by Strengthening Minority Serving Institutions. National Academy of Sciences. $133,000.

Gasman, M. (PI), Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI) & Esmieu. P. (Co-PI). (2016-2020). Hispanic Serving Institutions: Pathways to the Professoriate. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. $5,100,000.

Gasman, M. (PI) & Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI). (2014-2016). Understanding Teacher Education at Minority Serving Institutions and its Impact on Local Communities. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. $750,000.

Gasman, M. (PI) & Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI). (2014-2015). Understanding Ph.D. Pipelines for Latinos/as: The Role of Hispanic Serving Institutions. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. $100,000.


Member, Diversity Scholars Network, 2019

Faculty Fellow, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, 2018-2019

Nordic Centre of Excellence Justice Through Education in the Nordic Countries Travel Grant, 2016

Duberman-Zal Fellowship, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies in New York City, 2016

Nordic Centre of Excellence Justice Through Education in the Nordic Countries Travel Grant, 2015 

Eric Rofes Travel Grant, Queer Studies Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2015 

Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar, 2014

Eric Rofes Memorial Scholarship, The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, 2014