Professor in the Rossier School of Education at USC, and Executive Director of the USC Race & Equity Center
Shaun R. Harper is the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, and executive director of the USC Race & Equity Center. Prior to, Harper was professor in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and served as executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He is an expert on race and gender in education and social contexts, equity trends and climate issues on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, college student engagement, and college sports.
Professor Harper is author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education are some top journals in which his studies are published. Dr. Harper’s research has been cited in nearly 5,000 studies. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College.
The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and over 11,000 other newspapers have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR.
Dr. Harper was recently elected president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and recognized in Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education. He was a member of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council.
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