Shaun R. Harper
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|Shaun R. Harper|
October 26, 1975|
Thomasville, Georgia, United States
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Alma mater||Albany State University, Indiana University|
|Subject||Race and Racism, Higher Education, African American Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, Urban Education|
|Spouse||Shawn K. Hill|
Shaun R. Harper (born October 26, 1975) is an American scholar and racial equity expert in the United States of America.
He is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  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 Association for the Study of Higher Education. He spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured professor and founding executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He was previously a member of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council.
Early life and education
Harper was born to a 16-year-old single mother in Thomasville, Georgia. He is a 1994 graduate of Thomasville High School and a 1998 graduate of Albany State, a public historically black university in Georgia. As an undergraduate student at ASU, he was president of the student government association, Polemarch (president) of the Delta Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, editor-in-chief of The Student Voice (the official student newspaper), a member of three collegiate honor societies, and a drummer in the ASU Marching Rams Show Band. He earned a master's degree in College Student Affairs Administration in 2000 and Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2003, both from Indiana University.
Career and research
Harper began his career as a student affairs professional at Indiana University, where he worked in student activities and Greek Life. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Assistant Director of MBA Admissions for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In 2003, he became Executive Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Programs at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, where he also served as an Assistant Professor. He moved to Penn State University in 2005, where he was an Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Harper joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 2007, where he earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He founded the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education that same year. Penn promoted Harper to Professor in 2016. He returned to the University of Southern California in July 2017 as the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership and founding executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center.
Recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education, Harper is an expert on race, equity, and student success at U.S. colleges and universities. Review of Research in Education, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development are some journals in which his research is published. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing Race Matters in College, Harper’s 13th book. He is immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and a member of President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper Alliance Advisory Council.
Select press and media
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and over 11,000 other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, PBS News Hour, and NPR.
- Introduction to American Higher Education
- Students of Color in STEM: New Directions for Institutional Research
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education
- College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice
- Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession
- Advancing Black Male Student Success From Preschool Through Ph.D.
- Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations
- Scandals in College Sports
Harper, S. R., Smith, E. J., & Davis III, C. H. F. (2018). A critical race case analysis of Black undergraduate student success at an urban university. Urban Education, 53(1), 3–25.
Harper, S. R. (2018). Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in NCAA Division I revenue-generating college sports: 2018 edition. Los Angeles: University of Southern California, Race and Equity Center.
Harper, S. R., & McMickens, T. L. (2018). Mary McLeod Bethune’s fundraising success: Implications for contemporary presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In S. Davis & W. M. Kimbrough (Eds.), Models of success: How Historically Black Colleges and Universities survived the economic recession (pp. 1–20). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Harper, S. R. (2018). My people’s professor: Research for the humanization and liberation of Black Americans. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Taking it to the streets: The role of scholarship in advocacy and advocacy in scholarship (pp. 79–85). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Cole, E. R., & Harper, S. R. (2017). Race and rhetoric: An analysis of college presidents’ statements on campus racial incidents. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10(4), 318–333.
Harper, S. R. (2017). Racially responsive leadership: Addressing the longstanding problem of racism in higher education. In J. S. Antony, A. M. Cauce, & D. E. Shalala (Eds.), Challenges in higher education leadership: Practical and scholarly solutions (pp. 117–128). New York: Routledge.
Harper, S. R., & Newman, C. B. (2016). Surprise, sensemaking, and success in the first college year: Black undergraduate men's academic adjustment experiences. Teachers College Record, 118(6).
Harper, S. R., & Davis III, C.H.F. (2016). Reducing racism in college classrooms: Eight actions for faculty. Academe, 102(6), 30–34.
Harper, S. R. (2016). Racial literacy: An essential skill for student affairs professionals. NASPA Leadership Exchange, 14(3), 19–22.
Harper, S. R. (2015). Black male college achievers and resistant responses to racist stereotypes at predominantly white colleges and universities. Harvard Educational Review, 85(4), 646–674.
Harper, S. R. (2015). Success in these schools? Visual counternarratives of young men of color and urban high schools they attend. Urban Education, 50(2), 139–169.
Smith, E. J., & Harper, S. R. (2015). Disproportionate impact of K-12 school suspension and expulsion on Black students in Southern states. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.
Harris III, F., & Harper, S. R. (2015). Matriculating masculinity: Understanding undergraduate men’s pre-college gender socialization. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 27(2), 49–64.
Patton, L. D., Harper, S. R., & Harris, J. (2015). Using critical race theory to (re)interpret widely studied topics related to students in U.S. higher education. In A. M. Martínez Alemán, E. M. Bensimon, & B. Pusser (Eds.), Critical approaches to the study of higher education (pp. 193–219). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Harper, S. R. and Associates. (2014). 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 & Equity in Education.
Harris III, F., & Harper, S. R. (2014). Beyond bad behaving brothers: Productive performances of masculinities among college fraternity men. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(6), 703–723.
Harper, S. R. (2014). (Re)setting the agenda for college men of color: Lessons learned from a 15-year movement to improve Black male student success. In R. A. Williams (Ed.), Men of color in higher education: New foundations for developing models for success (pp. 116–143). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
McGuire, K. M., Berhanu, J., Davis III, C. H. F., & Harper, S. R. (2014). In search of progressive black masculinities: Critical self-reflections on gender identity development among Black undergraduate men. Men and Masculinities, 17(3), 253–277.
Harper, S. R. (2013). 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), 183–211.
Harper, S. R., Williams, C. D., & Blackman, H. (2013). 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 & Equity in Education.
Harper, S. R. (2012). Race without racism: How higher education researchers minimize racist institutional norms. The Review of Higher Education, 36(1), 9–29.
Harper, S. R., & Davis III, C. H. F. (2012). They (don’t) care about education: A counternarrative on Black male students’ responses to inequitable schooling. Educational Foundations, 26(1), 103–120.
Harper, S. R. (2012). 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 & Equity in Education.
Harper, S. R., & Harris III, F. (2012). A role for policymakers in improving the status of Black male students in U.S. higher education. Washington, DC: Institute for Higher Education Policy.
Harper, S. R., Davis, R. J., Jones, D. E., McGowan, B. L., Ingram, T. N., & Platt, C. S. (2011). Race and racism in the experiences of Black male resident assistants at predominantly White universities. Journal of College Student Development, 52(2), 180–200.
Harper, S. R., & Griffin, K. A. (2011). 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), 43–60.
Harper, S. R., Wardell, C. C., & McGuire, K. M. (2011). Man of multiple identities: Complex individuality and identity intersectionality among college men. In J. A. Laker & T. Davis (Eds.), Masculinities in higher education: Theoretical and practical considerations (pp. 81–96). New York: Routledge.
Museus, S. D., Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H. (2010). Racial differences in postsecondary educational expectations: A structural model. Teachers College Record, 112(3), 811–842.
Harper, S. R. (2009). 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), 697–712.
Harper, S. R., Patton, L. D., & Wooden, O. S. (2009). Access and equity for African American students in higher education: A critical race historical analysis of policy efforts. Journal of Higher Education, 80(4), 389–414.
Malebranche, D. J., Fields, E. L., Bryant, L. O., & Harper, S. R. (2009). Masculine socialization and sexual risk behaviors among Black men who have sex with men: A qualitative exploration. Men and Masculinities, 12(1), 90–112.
Harper, S. R. (2009). Race, interest convergence, and transfer outcomes for Black male student-athletes. In L. S. Hagedorn & D. Horton (Eds.), Student athletes and athletics. New Directions for Community Colleges (No. 147, pp. 29–37). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Harper, S. R., & Nichols, A. H. (2008). Are they not all the same? Racial heterogeneity among Black male undergraduates. Journal of College Student Development, 49(3), 199–214.
Harper, S. R. (2008). Realizing the intended outcomes of Brown: High-achieving African American male undergraduates and social capital. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(7), 1029–1052.
Harper, S. R., & Gasman, M. (2008). Consequences of conservatism: Black male students and the politics of historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of Negro Education, 77(4), 336–351.
Harper, S. R., & Hurtado, S. (2007). Nine themes in campus racial climates and implications for institutional transformation. In S. R. Harper, & L. D. Patton (Eds.), Responding to the realities of race on campus. New Directions for Student Services (No. 120, pp. 7–24). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Harper, S. R., & Quaye, S. J. (2007). Student organizations as venues for Black identity expression and development among African American male student leaders. Journal of College Student Development, 48(2), 127–144.
Harper, S. R. (2006). Peer support for African American male college achievement: Beyond internalized racism and the burden of ‘acting White.’ Journal of Men’s Studies, 14(3), 337–358.
Harper, S. R., Harris III, F., & Mmeje, K. C. (2005). A theoretical model to explain the overrepresentation of college men among campus judicial offenders: Implications for campus administrators. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 42(4), 565–588.
Harper, S. R. (2004). The measure of a man: Conceptualizations of masculinity among high-achieving African American male college students. Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 48(1), 89–107.
Harper, S. R., Carini, R. M., Bridges, B. K., & Hayek, J. C. (2004). Gender differences in student engagement among African American undergraduates at historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of College Student Development, 45(3), 271–284.