Shaun Harper


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2014)
Indiana University Bloomington
MS '00, PhD '03


Shaun Harper is an Indiana University alum who earned an M.S. in 2000 and a Ph.D. in 2003. He is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business, and the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership at the University of Southern California, where he also is the founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center. Dr. Harper's research focuses 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. His research and leadership has been recognized by various professional organization like the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the Association of Student Personnel. 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 100 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. He has authored many books include "Student Engagement in Higher Education," "College Men and Masculinities," "Race Matters in College," "Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D.," and "Scandals in College Sports." Dr. Harper was appointed to President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper advisory council in 2015, and was recognized in "Education Week" as one of the most influential professors in the field of education in 2017. In 2017, Dr. Harper was awarded an honorary doctorate by Governors State University.