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Shaun Harper

  • University Professor of Business, Education and Public Policy
  • Provost Professor of Management and Organization
  • Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership
  • USC Race and Equity Center Founder and Executive Director
  • Forbes Contributor

Shaun Harper teaches MBA students and advises companies on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He has worked with more than 400 businesses, agencies, and institutions; published 12 books and over 100 academic papers; and procured $21.8 million in foundation grants and $15.1 million in contracts for the center he directs at USC. His research has been cited in more than 23,000 published studies, in multiple amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Washington Business Journal, Business Insider, and hundreds of other news outlets have quoted Shaun and featured his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and NPR. Articles he has written for Forbes, Rolling Stone, Washington Post,, Fortune, and Los Angeles Times have been read by more than 3 million people.

The U.S. Air Force, Nike, Zoom, T-Mobile, Google, Microsoft, Mattel, NBC Universal, Anheuser-Busch, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the City of Los Angeles are among the organizations with which Dr. Harper has worked. Prior to USC, Dr. Harper was a tenured full professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2023, the Los Angeles Times featured Harper as one of 111 DEI leaders across industries who are driving change in the nation’s second-largest city.

Shaun Harper

Areas of Expertise

Business of Sustainability
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Racial Inequity
Sports Business
Strategic Leadership


Management + Organization


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