Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D.









Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, African Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. He also is Co-Director of RISE for Boys and Men of Color, a $10 million field advancement effort that aims to unite scholars within and across academic fields, translate research for various stakeholders (families, policymakers, practitioners, journalists, etc.), and support research and evaluation projects that will help improve the lives of boys and men of color across all age groups. Professor Harper is author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. The Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Review of Research in Education, Harvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record are some journals in which his studies are published. His research has been cited in over 3,300 publications. He presently serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Higher Education and American Educational Research Journal, and was previously associate editor of Educational Researcher. His 12 books include Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool Through Ph.D. He has received over $11.4 million in research grants. Dr. Harper has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR, and featured or quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Chronicle of Higher Education, and over 400 other media outlets. In 2015, he was appointed to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council and recognized in Education Week as one of the 50 most influential professors in the field of education. His bachelor’s degree is from Albany State, a Historically Black University in Georgia. He earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.