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At Taylor, we practice persistent curiosity and recognize that everyone has knowledge to gain and share.

The Taylor Center aims to support scholars from any academic discipline to advance our knowledge and understanding of the field of changemaking in higher education through writing projects and research-themed events. Taylor also seeks to promote a social innovation research community at Tulane and the Ashoka U network and to investigate social innovation more generally as a way to address complex societal challenges.

Through our own writing, Taylor hopes to encourage others to write, share publications, and host events that promote research collaboration and knowledge diffusion. Emerging and established scholars are welcome including students, faculty or community-based researchers. 

Please read our papers, connect and converse, write, and propose collaborations. 


Below are links to internal working papers, research manuscripts and monographs, peer-reviewed publications, and other written work and presentations.  

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

  1. Bringing Design Thinking to Changemaker Campus, downloadable PDF 
  2. Taylor Center Theory of Change-Making, (under revision).
  3. Liberty Kitchen/TopBox Food + Taylor Design Krewe Initiative, download PDF and watch video.

This year, you can expect to see findings and lessons from applied evaluations of the Fast 48. If you have ideas for provocative short monographs, please get in touch with our team (see below)  

The Taylor Research Series are academic research products by faculty, researchers, scholars, and doctoral students reflecting our different disciplinary perspectives. These might be individual scholarly outputs, research working papers, peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations, or other formats. We will specifically feature, read, and share social innovation and changemaking-themed publications by Taylor affiliates and Ashoka U colleagues. Publication themes span design thinking for social impact, changemaking pedagogy and teaching approaches, and critical perspectives on social impact of changemaking. Recent publications include:

  • A review of literature discussing applications of design thinking in global health by Dr. Alessandra Bazzano, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and others. Read here.
  • Sports-Based Youth Development Organizations as Drivers of Social Change: Learning from Social Entrepreneurship by Anna Monhartova.
  • Navigating Complexity: The Case for Design Capabilities by Laura Murphy for ISIRC conference.


Social Innovation Conversations are 1-2 hour conversations with scholars, educators, and practitioners to promote research, with a light lunch. Please join us and/or get in touch if you would like to present your work. 

Call for Papers for the 11th International Social Innovation Research Conference. The ISIRC will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, Sept 2- 4, 2019. ​ ISIRC is the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives. The theme is Social Innovation: Local Solutions to Global Challenges. Deadline to submit abstracts: February 28, 2019. Find more here.


Writing Retreats on and off-campus can support writing by faculty, scholars, staff, and practitioners. Watch for dates for Taylor-sponsored 1 day writing retreats in New Orleans. If you are interested in hosting your own retreat, download the instruction packet: “How to Host a Writing Retreat” for guidance on how to host your own low-cost silent writing retreat.

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If you have ideas for provocative short monographs, want to present a topic for Social Innovation Conversations, or have original, scholarly research you would like to share as a citation or downloadable PDF., please contact Laura Murphy at


Visit our FAQ page for more information.

Core Research Team

The core research team of Laura Murphy, Maille Faughnan, Anna Monhartova, and Ashlee Walker work with the entire Taylor team, especially with the  Social Entrepreneurship Professors, on specific writing and research projects. Graduate students can also learn about research funding, paid research positions, and training opportunities here.

Anna Monhartova, Ph.D.

Maille Faughnan, Ph.D.

Laura Murphy, Ph.D.

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