Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Shaun Harper

The Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series was developed to bring the nation's leading thought leaders from various professional fields of study to Morgan State University. The Series is in keeping with Morgan's mission of serving as a leading academic resource by providing a platform for thoughtful and provocative discussions that explore the best ideas on issues that are pertinent to our students, our community, and our nation. The lectures will offer the opportunity for Q & A with the featured speakers.


Dr. Shaun Harper
 President-elect of the American Educational Research Association and provost professor at USC

Topic:  Education Equity · Race and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Ed


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

Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on race, gender and other dimensions of equity in an array of organizational contexts, including K–12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications and has received more than $13 million in research grants. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, “Race Matters in College.” His research has been cited in more than 11,000 published studies. The Journal of Negro Education, Review of Research in Education, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Higher Education and Teachers College Record are a sample of the journals in which his studies have been published.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and several thousand other news outlets have quoted professor Harper and featured his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN and NPR and has been recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education.

Dr. Harper spent a decade on the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he was a tenured full professor and founding executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. His bachelor’s degree is from Albany State, a Historically Black University in Georgia. His Ph.D. is from Indiana University.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30pm

University Student Center, Theatre
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Discussions


Community, Faculty & Staff, Students




PDSS, Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series, University Student Center


Office of the President


Contact Person

Stacey Benn

Contact Email


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Billy Best Jr

Billy Best Jr left a positive review 11/6/2019

Dr. Shaun Harper's presentation at the Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series event held on Thursday, 11/07/2019 on the campus of Morgan State University was thought-provoking, enlightening, and a continuation of examples of excellence in higher education!! Thank You, Dr. Harper, and Thank You, Dr. Wilson, for inviting Dr. Harper to our campus!