Dr. Harper's research examines race and gender in higher education, Black male
college access and achievement, and college student engagement. He has published 11 books
and more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. 

Several education associations have praised Professor Harper’s scholarship, including the
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2004 Dissertation of the Year
Award, 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Research Award, 2012 Robert H. Shaffer Award for
Faculty Excellence, 2013 Pillar of the Profession); American Educational Research
Association (2010 Early Career Award, Division G); American College Personnel Association
(2005 Emerging Scholar Award, 2006 Annuit Coeptis Award); National Association of
Academic Advisors for Athletics (2008 Excellence in Research Award); and the Association
for the Study of Higher Education (2008 Early Career Award). In September 2007, he was
featured on the cover of Diverse Issues in Higher Education for his National Black Male
College Achievement Study, the largest-ever empirical study of Black undergraduate men. 

Dr. Harper earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Albany State, a historically
Black university in Georgia, and his Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University. 

Professor Harper is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in
Education. Visit the Center's website at: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/equity. 

Follow him on Twitter @DrShaunHarper 

Books

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Introduction to American Higher Education (with Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Ph.D.) (2011)
 

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Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession (5th edition) (with John H. Schuh, Ph.D. and Susan R. Jones, Ph.D.) (2011)
 

Black Male College Students

Race, Diversity & Minority Student Engagement

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An Anti-Deficit Achievement Framework for Research on Students of Color in STEM, Students of Color in STEM: Engineering a New Research Agenda (2010)
 

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Access and Equity for African American Students in Higher Education: A Critical Race Historical Analysis of Policy Efforts (with Lori D. Patton, Ph.D. and Ontario S. Wooden, Ph.D.), Journal of Higher Education (2009)
 

Men & Masculinities

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Man of Multiple Identities: Complex Individuality and Identity Intersectionality among College Men (with Cameron C. Wardell and Keon M. McGuire), Masculinities in Higher Education (2011)
 

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Masculine Socialization and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (with David J. Malebranche, MD; Errol L. Fields; and Lawrence O. Bryant), Men & Masculinities (2009)
 

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Masculinities go to community college: Understanding male identity socialization and gender role conflict (with Frank Harris III), Gendered perspectives in community colleges. (2008)
 

Historically Black Colleges & Universities

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Gender differences in student engagement among African American undergraduates at historically Black colleges and universities (with Robert M. Carini, Ph.D.; Brian K. Bridges, Ph.D.; and John C. Hayek, Ph.D.), Journal of College Student Development (2004)
 

Other Higher Education Topics

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Racial Differences in the Formation of Postsecondary Educational Expectations: A Structural Model (with Samuel D. Museus, Ph.D. and Andrew H. Nichols, Ph.D.), Teachers College Record (2010)
 

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Myths and misconceptions about using qualitative methods in assessment (with George D. Kuh, Ph.D.), Using qualitative methods in institutional assessment (2007)
 

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Using qualitative methods to assess student trajectories and college impact, Using qualitative methods in institutional assessment (2007)
 

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Principles for good practice in graduate and professional student engagement (with Jason L. Pontius), Supporting Graduate and professional students: The role of student affairs (2006)
 

Routledge Book Series on Race and Racism in American Higher Education