Shaun Harper
Published May 13, 2014
Updated April 5, 2021

Shaun R. Harper is a professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership; USC Race and Equity Center founder and executive director; president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Harper’s research examines racial and gender disparities in education, racial problems and diversity trends on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and contemporary issues in college sports (i.e., scandals and racism).

He is author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. His books include Responding to the Realities of Race on Campus (2007), College Men and Masculinities (2010) and Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. (2014) and Scandals in College Sports (2017).

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, the Chronicle of Higher Education and many other media outlets have quoted Harper and featured his research. He has appeared on ESPN, CSPAN and multiple times on NPR.

Expertise: Race, education, higher education, racial and gender disparities in education, Black and Latino male success in higher education, contemporary issues in college sports, racial problems and diversity trends on college campuses

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.


Phone: (213) 740-0385

Heard on NPR: Tell Me More: Why Black College Football Players Fall Behind In Education

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