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 12
books and more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. He
has received over $11.4 million in research grants.
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 over 400 other
media outlets have quoted Dr. Harper and highlighted his research. He has appeared on
CNN, ESPN, CSPAN, and NPR.
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 founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race
and Equity in Education. Visit the Center's website at:
Follow him on Twitter @DrShaunHarper
Black and Latino Male Students
Race, Diversity, and Minoritized Students
College Men and Masculinities
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Other Higher Education Topics