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 is author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, The Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record are some journals in which his research is published. His 11 books include Student Engagement in Higher Education (2009, 2015), College Men and Masculinities (2010), Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. (2015), and the 5th edition of Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession (2011). He is editor-in-chief of the Routledge Book Series on Race and Racism in Higher Education, and has served as associate editor of Educational Researcher. He currently serves on editorial boards for the American Educational Research Journal, The Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.

The American Educational Research Association presented Dr. Harper its 2010 Early Career Award (Division G) and 2014 Relating Research to Practice Award. He also received the 2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education Early Career Award, the 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Robert H. Shaffer Award for Faculty Excellence, and the 2014 American College Personnel Association Contribution to Knowledge Award. Lumina Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are among many funders of his research. 

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and over 400 other media outlets have quoted Dr. Harper and prominently highlighted his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, CSPAN, NPR, and several ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC news programs across the nation.

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.

Harris III, F., & Harper, S. R.: Beyond bad behaving brothers: Productive performances of masculinities among college fraternity men. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(6), 2014.

McGuire, K. M., Berhanu, J., Davis III, C. H. F., & Harper, S. R.: In search of progressive black masculinities: Critical self-reflections on gender identity development among Black undergraduate men. Men and Masculinities, 17(3), 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.