Shaun R. Harper

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

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sharper@usc.eduPhone: (213) 740-0385Waite Phillips Hall 1103Curriculum Vitae


Higher Education


Race in K-12, higher education, and corporate contexts; urban education; boys and men of color; college student success; and intercollegiate athletics

Shaun R. Harper

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.

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