Shaun R. Harper

Associate Professor
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

Higher Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-5147


Professional Biography

Dr. Harper has prior professional experience in undergraduate student affairs, graduate recruitment and admissions, and academic program administration. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. His 11 books include Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. (2014), Student Engagement in Higher Education (2009, 2014), College Men and Masculinities (2010), and the 5th edition of Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession (2011). Professor Harper’s research has been praised by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2008 Early Career Award); the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2010 Outstanding Contribution to Research Award, 2012 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Faculty Excellence, and 2013 Pillar of the Profession); and the American Educational Research Association (2010 Division G Early Career Award).

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Harper founded and presently serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at Penn GSE, an interdisciplinary research institute that unites University of Pennsylvania scholars who do research on race and important topics pertaining to equity in education. Center staff and affiliates collaborate on funded research projects, environmental assessment activities, and the production of timely research reports. Principally, the Center aims to publish cutting-edge implications for education policy and practice, with an explicit focus on improving equity in P-12 schools, colleges and universities, and social contexts that influence educational outcomes. Professor Harper is currently writing two books, one on Black male student achievement in high school and college and another on race in higher education.

Advancing Black Male Student Success From Preschool Through Ph.D., edited by Shaun R. Harper and J. Luke Wood.

Selected Publications

Harper, S. R.: 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, 2014.

Harper, S. R.: 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), 2013.

Harper, S. R., Williams, C. D., & Blackman, H.: Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in NCAA Division I revenue-generating college sports. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, 2013.

Harper, S. R.: Race without racism: How higher education researchers minimize racist institutional norms. The Review of Higher Education, 36(1), 2012.

Harper, S. R., Williams, C. D., Pérez II, D., & Morgan, D. L.: His experience: Toward a phenomenological understanding of academic capital formation among Black and Latino male students. Readings on Equal Education, 26(1), 2012.

Harper, S. R., & Davis III, C. H. F.:They (don’t) care about education: A counternarrative on Black male students’ responses to inequitable schooling. Educational Foundations, 26(1), 2012.

Harper, S. R.: 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, 2012.

Harper, S. R., & Harris III, F.: A role for policymakers in improving the status of Black male students in U.S. higher education. Washington, DC: Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2012.

Harper, S. R., & Griffin, K. A.: 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), 2011.

Harper, S. R., Davis, R. J., Jones, D. E., McGowan, B. L., Ingram, T. N., & Platt, C. S.: Race and racism in the experiences of African American male resident assistants at predominantly White universities. Journal of College Student Development 52(2), 2011.

Museus, S. D., Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H.: Racial differences in postsecondary educational expectations: A structural model. Teachers College Record, 112(3), 2010.

Harper, S. R.: 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), 2009.

Harper, S. R., Patton, L. D., & Wooden, O. S.: Access and equity for African American students in higher education: A critical race historical analysis of policy efforts. Journal of Higher Education, 80(4), 2009.

Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H.: Are they not all the same? Racial heterogeneity among Black male undergraduates. Journal of College Student Development, 49(3), 2008.

Harper, S. R.: Realizing the intended outcomes of Brown: High-achieving African American male undergraduates and social capital. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(7), 2008.

Harper, S. R., & Gasman, M.: Consequences of conservatism: Black male students and the politics of historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of Negro Education, 77, 2008.

Harper, S. R., & Quaye, S. J.: Student organizations as venues for Black identity expression and development among African American male student leaders. Journal of College Student Development, 48(2), 2007.