Shaun R. Harper
Provost Professor of Education and Business
Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership
Founder and Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center
Ph.D., Indiana University
B.S., Albany State University
Race in K-12, higher education, and corporate contexts; urban education; boys and men of color; college student success; and intercollegiate athletics
USC Race & Equity Center
Dr. Shaun R. Harper is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, USC Race and Equity Center founder and executive director, president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).
Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on racial and gender equity and inclusion in educational, corporate, social, and organizational contexts. He also studies Black and Latino male student success in high schools and in higher education, college student engagement, and intercollegiate athletics. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Higher Education, and Review of Higher Education are some journals in which he has published. His research has been cited in more than 13,000 published studies across numerous academic disciplines. His books include Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. and Scandals in College Sports. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College.
Atlantic Philanthropies and the Lumina, Bill & Melinda Gates, Ford, Kellogg, Kresge, and Open Society foundations have funded Professor Harper’s research and partnerships. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR, and featured or quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Education Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and several thousand other news outlets. He has testified to the U.S. House of Representatives, and presented his research at various White House and U.S. Department of Education convenings. He was appointed to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council in 2015, and recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education in 2017.
AERA presented Professor Harper its 2010 Division G Early Career Award and 2014 Relating Research to Practice Award. Additionally, ASHE presented him its 2008 Early Career Award and 2019 Leadership Award. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American College Personnel Association, and American Council on Education have presented him numerous top awards. Governors State University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2017, and Indiana University presented him its Bicentennial Medal in 2019.
- Harper, S. R. (2020). COVID-19 and the racial equity implications of reopening college and university campuses. American Journal of Education, 127(1), 153-162.
- Davis III, C. H. F., Harris, J. C., Stokes, S., & Harper, S. R. (2019). But is it activist? Interpretive criteria for activist scholarship in higher education. The Review of Higher Education, 42, 85-108.
- Harper, S. R., & Simmons, I. (2019). Black students at public colleges and universities: A 50-state report card. Los Angeles: University of Southern California, Race and Equity Center.
- Harper, S. R. (2019). Twelve ways to demonstrate care for people of color. NASPA Leadership Exchange, 17(1), 34-37.
- Harper, S. R. (2018). Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in NCAA Division I college sports: 2018 edition. Los Angeles: University of Southern California, Race and Equity Center.
- Harper, S. R., Smith, E. J., & Davis III, C. H. F. (2018). A critical race case analysis of Black undergraduate student success at an urban university. Urban Education, 53(1), 3-25.
- Cole, E. R., & Harper, S. R. (2017). Race and rhetoric: An analysis of college presidents’ statements on campus racial incidents. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10(4), 318-333.
- Harper, S. R., & Newman, C. B. (2016). Surprise and sensemaking in the first college year: Black undergraduate men’s academic adjustment experiences. Teachers College Record, 118(6), 1-30.
- Harper, S. R., & Davis III, C. H. F. (2016). Reducing racism in college classrooms: Eight actions for faculty. Academe, 102(6), 30-34.
- Harper, S. R. (2016). Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in NCAA Division I revenue-generating college sports: 2016 edition. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
- Harper, S. R. (2015). Black male college achievers and resistant responses to racist stereotypes at predominantly white colleges and universities. Harvard Educational Review, 85(4), 646-674.
- Harper, S. R. (2015). Success in these schools? Visual counternarratives of young men of color and urban high schools they attend. Urban Education, 50(2), 139-169.
- Harris III, F., & Harper, S. R. (2015). Matriculating masculinity: Understanding undergraduate men’s pre-college gender socialization. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 27(2), 49-64.
- Smith, E. J., & Harper, S. R. (2015). Disproportionate impact of K-12 school suspension and expulsion on Black students in Southern states. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
- Harris III, F., & Harper, S. R. (2014). Beyond bad behaving brothers: Productive performances of masculinities among college fraternity men. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(6), 703-723.
- McGuire, K. M., Berhanu, J., Davis III, C. H. F., & Harper, S. R. (2014). In search of progressive black masculinities: Critical self-reflections on gender identity development among Black undergraduate men. Men and Masculinities, 17(3), 253-277.
- Harper, S. R. and Associates. (2014). Succeeding in the city: A report from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
- Harper, S. R. (2013). Am I my brother’s teacher? Black undergraduates, peer pedagogies, and racial socialization in predominantly white postsecondary contexts. Review of Research in Education, 37(1), 183-211.
- Harper, S. R. (2012). Race without racism: How higher education researchers minimize racist institutional norms. The Review of Higher Education, 36(1), 9-29.
- Harper, S. R., & Davis III, C. H. F. (2012). They (don’t) care about education: A counternarrative on Black male students’ responses to inequitable schooling. Educational Foundations, 26(1), 103-120.
- Harper, S. R. (2012). Black male student success in higher education: A report from the national Black male college achievement study. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
- Harper, S. R., & Harris III, F. (2012). A role for policymakers in improving the status of Black male students in U.S. higher education. Washington, DC: Institute for Higher Education Policy.
- Harper, S. R., & Griffin, K. A. (2011). Opportunity beyond affirmative action: How low-income and working class Black male achievers access highly selective, high-cost colleges and universities. Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, 17(1), 43-60.
- Harper, S. R., Davis, R. J., Jones, D. E., McGowan, B. L., Ingram, T. N., & Platt, C. S. (2011). Race and racism in the experiences of Black male resident assistants at predominantly White universities. Journal of College Student Development, 52(2), 180-200.
- Museus, S. D., Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H. (2010). Racial differences in postsecondary educational expectations: A structural model. Teachers College Record, 112(3), 811-842.
- Harper, S. R. (2009). Niggers no more: A critical race counternarrative on Black male student achievement at predominantly white colleges and universities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(6), 697-712.
- Harper, S. R., Patton, L. D., & Wooden, O. S. (2009). Access and equity for African American students in higher education: A critical race historical analysis of policy efforts. Journal of Higher Education, 80(4), 389-414.
- Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H. (2008). Are they not all the same? Racial heterogeneity among Black male undergraduates. Journal of College Student Development, 49(3), 199-214.
- Harper, S. R. (2008). Realizing the intended outcomes of Brown: High-achieving African American male undergraduates and social capital. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(7), 1029-1052.
- Harper, S. R., & Quaye, S. J. (2007). Student organizations as venues for Black identity expression and development among African American male student leaders. Journal of College Student Development, 48(2), 127-144.