Dr. Harper’s research examines race and gender in education and social contexts, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and college student engagement. He also occasionally writes about intercollegiate athletics. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his newest single-authored book, Race Matters in College.
Dr. Harper has received nearly $12 million in research grants and contracts. He is currently leading RISE for Boys and Men of Color, a three-year interdisciplinary project that aims to advance research that will improve the lives, experiences, and outcomes of Asian Americans, Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans. RISE focuses on four fields: education, health, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development. Funders of RISE include The Atlantic Philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and members of the Executives Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color.
In 2011, Dr. Harper began collecting data for a decade-long project funded by NASPA Foundation that explores what and where students in higher education and student affairs graduate programs learn about race, racism, and racial equity. Along with other researchers at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, he does racial climate research on dozens of college and university campuses across the U.S. each year. Dr. Harper also created and leads the Penn Equity Institutes for educational leaders in K-12 schools and districts, as well as colleges and universities.