Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Gender Studies, and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, home of the Penn Equity Institutes. Professor Harper has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. His 12 books include Student Engagement in Higher Education (Routledge, 2014), Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. (Stylus, 2015), and the 5th edition of Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Dr. Harper has received the NASPA Robert H. Shaffer Award for Faculty Excellence and the NASPA Outstanding Contribution to Research Award. NASPA named him a Pillar of the Profession in 2013. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR and featured or quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and over 400 other media outlets. He was recently elected President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and previously served on the NASPA Board of Directors.
Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D. is a higher education scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in postsecondary contexts, Critical Race Theory applied to higher education, college student development theory and the influence of campus environments on student experiences.
Patton Davis is perhaps the most well-known researcher and scholar in the area of culture centers. She wrote the first dissertation focusing on culture centers, "From Protest to Progress: An Examination of the Relevance, Relationships and Roles of Black Culture Centers (BCCs)." Moreover, she is the editor of the recently released book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success. Patton Davis regularly serves as a consultant and national speaker on culture centers given her knowledge and expertise in this particular area. Her most recent research examines issues of intersectionality in the experiences of African American lesbian, gay, and bisexual students attending historically black colleges and universities and those who belong to black Greek-letter organizations. Patton Davis is also engaged in critical scholarship on the experiences of black undergraduate women in higher education. She is the editor of the forthcoming book, Debunking the "New Model Minority" Myth: Critical Perspectives on Black Women in College.
Professor Patton Davis' larger body of work has been published in The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of College Student Development, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Negro Educational Review, and several other well-respected journals, edited books and monographs, and professional magazines. In addition to the edited volume on culture centers, she is also an author of the 2nd edition of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice and the forthcoming 3rd edition of the ASHE Reader on College Student Affairs Administration.
Patton Davis is affiliated with and highly involved in numerous professional associations in higher education and student affairs including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and the American College Personnel Association. She has presented over 80 research papers, workshops, symposia and keynote addresses inter/nationally.