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The Taylor Research and Scholarship team supports researchers working to advance knowledge and understanding of the fields of social innovation and changemaking.

Participants during the movement-based session

Our Work

Our work consists of connecting and cultivating a community of changemakers at regular writing and research-themed social innovation conversations; sharing our own knowledge through monographs, reports and publications and helping to circulate manuscripts, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations from our colleagues and community; and supporting researchers with project funding and writing retreats.

All scholars are welcome: faculty members, students, community-based researchers, and emerging and established scholars from any academic discipline.

Program Overview

Research and Scholarship News

Rafe Steinhauer looks at his computer while sitting at a desk near several desks of fellow writers at one of Taylor's Silent Scholar's Retreats.

Writing Retreats

Our structured, silent Writing Retreats help all writers write more and connect with other writers. We sponsor 1-day social-innovation-themed writing retreats in the New Orleans area.

    • Enjoy a supportive setting built around the “pomodoro method” with 6-8 blocks of silent individual writing, plus breaks, during the day.
    • We invite faculty, scholars, staff, graduate students, community organizations, and practitioners.

Social Innovation Conversations

Social Innovation Conversations are 1-2 hour conversations over lunch with scholars, educators, and practitioners to learn and advance our understanding of the how, why and what about social innovation research. 


The Research and Scholarship team’s Taylor Provocation Series are thought-provoking monographs about the field of changemaking in higher education and social innovation generally.

Core Research Team Members


Anna Monhartova, Ph.D.

Graduate Assistants

Taylor Graduate Assistants (GAs) work with the Research and Scholarship team to create Taylor programming, share knowledge and increasing campus and community awareness of Taylor. Students must commit to working with Taylor for a full academic year.


  • Interested in collaborating or learning more about the Taylor Research and Scholarship team?
  • Email Dr. Laura Murphy at

Latest Past Events

Applying a Social Innovation Lens to Community Engaged Scholarship

Virtual Event

A Social Innovation Conversation featuring Tulane University Mellon Scholars Click here to read a recap of the event. Join us for a lively and intellectually rich discussion around the intersections between social innovation research and community-engaged scholarship through the work…

Day One: ISIRC 2021 Abstract-Writing Challenge!

Virtual Event

Day one of a virtual mini-retreat to create your 400 word research-related abstract submission for the 2021 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC).


November Writing Support Group

Virtual Event

This month the Research and Scholarship Team is piloting a new writing challenge structure: a November writing support group.

This semester is coming to a close and to say that it has been challenging does not fully express the arduous nature of Fall 2020. Keeping this in mind and with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we are hosting a two-week writing support group. We want to create an empathetic space for researchers and scholars to accomplish personal writing goals while coping with the effects of multiple stressors (the global pandemic, recent hurricane, presidential election,  upcoming holiday season, or any other personal obstacles we may not know about).

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