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Six new Affiliated Faculty expand collaboration opportunities

September 12, 2013

Tulane Law School this fall welcomes a formal partnership with six “Affiliated Faculty” whose work elsewhere in the university dovetails with legal issues.

The six come from a range of academic fields, and some already have collaborated with Tulane Law faculty. The formal affiliation is designed to encourage more interaction with law faculty and students and to facilitate interdisciplinary study.

“These affiliations are already having an important impact in enriching the intellectual life of the law school, fueling research collaborations and opening the door to new teaching and mentoring opportunities across disciplines,” Dean David Meyer said.

The new Affiliated Faculty are:

Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project LLC. Perry hosts her own show on MSNBC and wrote Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale Press 2011), which seeks “to understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images.”

Prior to joining Tulane, Harris-Perry was an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University in 2006-2010.

She received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Dennis Kehoe, Andrew W. Melon Professor in the Humanities in 2010-2013. Kehoe, a Professor of Classical Studies in the School of Liberal Arts, has a particular interest in Roman social and economic history and Roman law. He is a leading scholar on the role of legal institutions in shaping the Roman Empire’s economy.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, Kehoe also has a B.A. in Classics from Magdalen College, Oxford and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan.

Sally Kenney, Newcomb College Endowed Chair, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute. Kenney has done nationally recognized work on women judges and judicial selection and her book Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter was published in 2013. Her research also explores gender and judging; feminist social movements; women and electoral politics; the European Court of Justice; exclusionary employment policies; and pregnancy discrimination.

Before joining Tulane in 2010, Kenney held a joint appointment in Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Law at the University of Iowa in 1989-1995. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 1995-2009 and directed the Center on Women and Public Policy.

Kenney received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa; a B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford; and an M.A. in Politics Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Nghana Lewis, Associate Professor of English and Louise & Leonard Riggio Professor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Lewis’ expertise is in American literary studies, African American cultural studies, educational policy studies, critical race theory and juvenile justice reform. She is completing a book titled Black Women’s Health in the Age of Hip Hop & HIV/AIDS and is involved in developing projects and policies targeted at reducing HIV/AIDS.

A Tulane University graduate, Lewis received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Loyola University. In 2010, she received a Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship for outstanding undergraduate teaching at Tulane.

Nancy Maveety, Professor of Political Science. Maveety, who joined Tulane in 1987, teaches about judicial process and decision-making, U.S. Constitutional Law and comparative judicial politics. She also has written about the Burger Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the Rehnquist Era and federal judicial selection. Maveety currently serves as Director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program of SLA.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Arizona State University, she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University. She was a visiting Professor and Fulbright Lecturer at China’s Shandong University in 2007-2008.

Steven Sheffrin, Professor of Economics and Director of the Murphy Institute of Political Economy. Sheffrin’s research on macroeconomics, public finance and taxation focuses on practical issues, including property taxation, state corporate taxation, tax fairness and compliance. He has been a financial economist with the Office of Tax Policy Analysis and the U.S. Treasury Department and has served on the National Tax Association Board of Directors.

Before joining Tulane in 2010, Sheffrin was a professor at the University of California at Davis, and served as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences there in 1998-2008. He was a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2009.

Sheffrin has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a visiting professor at Nuffield College, Oxford, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Princeton University.



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