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

Contact info

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

Assistant Info

Adrienne Kingkingadri@rossier.usc.eduPhone:

Curriculum 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

Shaun Harper is one of the nation’s most highly respected racial equity experts. He is a Provost Professor in the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC Marshall School of Business. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and immediate past president of the American Educational Research Association. He also served as the 2016-17 Association for the Study of Higher Education president, and was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2021.

Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on race, gender, and other dimensions of equity in an array of organizational contexts, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations. He has published 12 books and over 100 other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, American Journal of Education, 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 18,000 published studies across a vast array of academic fields and disciplines. Atlantic Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates, Lumina, Ford, Kellogg, College Futures, Kresge, Sloan, and Open Society Foundations have awarded him more than $18 million in grants.

The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, Black News Channel, and NPR. He also has testified twice to the United States House of Representatives and spoken at numerous White House convenings. Dr. Harper served on President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council; on the national education policy committee for the Biden-Harris Campaign; and on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide task force on higher education, racial equity, and COVID-19 recovery.

The recipient of dozens of top honors in his field and one honorary doctorate, Professor Harper has been repeatedly recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential scholars in the field of education.

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