Dr. Shaun R. Harper, University of Pennsylvania
2015 Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values Keynote Speaker
Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. Professor Harper’s research examines 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. He is author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Review of Research in Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, The Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record are some journals in which Dr. Harper’s research is published. His 12 books include Student Engagement in Higher Education (2009, 2015), College Men and Masculinities (2010), and Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. (2015). 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 numerous other media outlets have quoted Dr. Harper and featured his groundbreaking research. He has appeared on ESPN, CSPAN, and multiple times on NPR. Professor Harper earned his bachelor’s degree from Albany State, a Historically Black University in Georgia, and Ph.D. from Indiana University.