Shaun R. Harper's research examines race and gender in education and social
contexts, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, Black and Latino male
student success in high school and higher education, and college student engagement. He
also occasionally writes about intercollegiate athletics. Dr. Harper has published 11
books and more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications.
Several education associations have praised Professor Harper’s scholarship, including the
American Educational Research Association (2010 Division G Early Career Award, 2014
Relating Research to Practice Award); Association for the Study of Higher Education (2008
Early Career Award); 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
College Personnel Association (2005 Emerging Scholar Award, 2006 Annuit Coeptis Award,
2014 Contribution to Knowledge Award); and the National Association of Academic Advisors
for Athletics (2008 Excellence in Research Award).
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal,
Sports Illustrated, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and numerous other
media outlets have quoted Dr. Harper and featured his groundbreaking research. He has
appeared on CNN, ESPN, CSPAN, NPR, and more than 20 ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC news programs
across the U.S.
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
Black Male College Students
Race, Diversity & Minority Student Engagement
Men & Masculinities
Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Other Higher Education Topics
Routledge Book Series on Race and Racism in American Higher Education