About Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D.

Shaun R. Harper founded and serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He studies topics pertaining to race and gender in education and social contexts, equity trends and climate issues on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, college student engagement, and intercollegiate athletics. His research has been cited in over 4,000 published studies.
Professor Harper is author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and recipient of over $12 million in research grants. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College. The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and over 11,000 other newspapers have quoted Dr. Harper and featured his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR.
Dr. Harper was recently elected president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and recognized in Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education. He is a member of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council.
His bachelor’s degree in education is from Albany State, a historically black university in Georgia, and his Ph.D. in higher education is from Indiana University.

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2007 Present Dr. Harper is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Present Faculty Affiliate, National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania
Present Faculty Fellow, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Present Editor-in-Chief, Routledge Book Series on Race and Racism in American Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Present Co-Founder and Project Director, Penn GSE Grad Prep Academy, University of Pennsylvania
Present Co-Director, RISE for Boys and Men of Color, University of Pennsylvania
Present Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Race and Racism in Higher Education, Black Male College Access and Achievement, College Men and Masculinities, and Undergraduate Student Development, Engagement and Outcomes

Honors and Awards

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Relating Research to Practice Award
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrator (NASPA) Pillar of the Profession
  • Association for the Study of the Higher Education (ASHE) Early Career Award


  • Critical Race Perspectives in Education
  • Case Studies in Higher Education
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • Contemporary Issues in U.S. Higher Education


20002003 PhD, Indiana University - Bloomington
19982000 M.S., Indiana University Bloomington
19941998 B.S., Albany State University

Contact Information

Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-5147
Website: www.works.bepress.com/sharper
Twitter @DrShaunHarper

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