Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stone Center Faculty Members Aaron Schneider and Laura Murphy Receive Social Entrepreneurship Awards

June 1st, 2011

Aaron Schneider – The Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Professorship
Aaron Schneider teaches comparative politics, international political economy and Latin American politics as an assistant professor of political science at Tulane. His research explores the intersections of wealth and power, with particular focus on the processes that govern how we tax and spend. Through the lens of public finance and in his engaged scholarship, Schneider seeks to understand and advance efforts to deepen democracy and generate equitable livelihoods in an increasingly integrated global economy. Contact Aaron at

Laura Murphy – The Carnegie Corporation of New York Professorship
Laura Murphy is clinical associate professor in the Department of International Health and Development at Tulane University, as well as adjunct associate professor at the Payson Center for International Development and an affiliated faculty member at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Her current research focuses on social change in rural Africa and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that region of the world. This work has been funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Laura teaches on themes that span development, population, environment and interdisciplinary social science research, having earned the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching in 2008. Contact Laura at

Other new Social Entrepreneurship Professorships were awarded to:

Nghana Lewis – The Louise and Leonard Riggio Professorship

Nghana Lewis is associate professor of English and director of the program of African and African diaspora studies at Tulane. Her outreach, teaching and scholarship reflect her deep investments in community action planning and community-based research that respond to the wide range of issues confronting black people in general and black women and children specifically. In 2005, Nghana received a Louisiana Board of Regents Education Enhancement grant to launch the Encouraging Student Scholarship and Excellence through Native-Centered Education Program (ESSENCE). Contact Nghana at

Byron Mouton – The New Day Professorship

Byron J. Mouton is an established architect, educator, New Orleans native and alumnus of Tulane University. He now finds himself building his locally based practice, BILD Design, in conjunction with his academic role as professor of practice at Tulane’s School of Architecture and as director of the school’s design/build program — URBANbuild. With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of architecture and construction, having received several design awards and with a high degree of exposure in national and international architecture publications, Byron is committed to critical design and construction assignments that are focused on environmental remediation and the construction of affordable housing in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast. Contact Byron at

Carol Whelan – The Paul Tudor Jones II Professorship

Carol Whelan is a professor of practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification Program in Newcomb-Tulane College. With support from the Center for Public Service and the staff at Banneker Elementary and Middle School, Carol redesigned the Education in a Diverse Society class to include the teaching of social innovation strategies. Many of her students have received funding for their innovative ideas through the support of Tulane’s Social Entrepreneurship Program and the Ashoka/Youth Venture program. Visit Carol’s blog at for information about these projects. Contact Carol at

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