Shaun Harper


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2014)
Indiana University Bloomington
MS '00, PhD '03


Shaun Harper, who earned an M.S. in 2000 and a Ph.D. in 2003, is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Numerous organizations have recognized Harper's research on race and gender in education, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and college student engagement. The American Educational Research Association presented him its 2010 Early Career Award and 2014 Relating Research to Practice Award. He also received the 2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education Early Career Award. 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 Harper and highlighted his research. He has appeared on CNN, ESPN, CSPAN and NPR. He is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications in journals such as Review of Research in Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, The Review of Higher Education and Teachers College Record. His 11 books include "Student Engagement in Higher Education," "College Men and Masculinities" and "Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D."