Dr. Harper's research examines race and gender in higher education, Black male
college access and achievement, and college student engagement. He has published 9 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 director of the Penn GSE 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