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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 in their efforts to advance our knowledge and understanding of the fields of social innovation and changemaking. Emerging and established scholars are welcome, whether you are a faculty, student, or community-based researcher.

We also seek to promote a social innovation research community at Tulane, in New Orleans, within the Ashoka U global network. We do this through hosting writing retreats, organizing research-themed social innovation conversations, disseminating and sharing monographs, reports and other knowledge products, and offering research project funding.

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Want more information on what we mean by social innovation and how we view research/scholarship?

Read Research FAQ

Want to present your work, collaborate on a retreat or SI conversation, or just discuss your research interests?

Email Dr. Laura Murphy at

Read and Learn

  • We produce our own internal working papers called “Taylor Provocations”.
  • We also share internal reports, project reports and other work from our changemaker networks.
  • We also can help you circulate your manuscripts, share peer-reviewed publications, and presentations.  
  • Themes span design thinking for social impact, decolonizing design, changemaking pedagogy and teaching approaches, case studies of social innovation education, and critical perspectives on changemaking.


Research and Scholarship News

Changemakers Share their Social Ventures at Taylor Student Showcase

Photo by Gigsy. By Dustin Robertson. How can Tulane students create social impact through social ventures? Alaa Mohammad, a biostatician and epidemiologist, walks up to a microphone, raises her eyes and asks the crowd to imagine a world free of…

Social Innovation Attracts Interdisciplinary Work

By Abigail Bean and Alexandra Greengrass. Christopher Oliver, PhD, never expected to work with an academic center focused on social innovation. “I  was a little taken aback because when I heard the term ‘social innovation,’ I thought of business schools……

Fresh Food for New Orleanians, by design: The Liberty’s Kitchen + Top Box Foods Design Krewe

Photo: Anjali Prasertong Video: Jennifer Scarnato Miller Check out this video to learn more about a  collaboration. The Design Krewe was a project with Liberty’s Kitchen (LK) and Top Box Foods (TBF), where Taylor trained selected graduates of the Liberty…


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 Taylor Provocation Series

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

  • Bringing Design Thinking to a Changemaker Campus: download PDF
  • A Theory of Change-Making: explorations of a theory of change for the efforts of a changemaker campus building from Tulane and Taylor.
    • Abstract coming soon

From Our Changemaker Network

Find reports, manuscripts, conference presentations, and links to peer-reviewed publications from scholars in our networks:



Our structured, silent Writing Retreats support all writers to 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.
  • If you are interested in joining any of our ongoing writing retreats, contact Anna Monhartova at

To learn how to host your own low-cost silent writing retreat, read our guide: How to Host a Writing Retreat (pdf)

Apply for Funds

We support graduate students and faculty with funds up to $1,500 per person per year, for small projects with a social innovation theme. Faculty can apply to the SIRF. Grad students can apply to the CCA or Spark.

This year we are launching a small fund for Tulane faculty of any rank and position so as to catalyze new research on social innovation themes from your discipline. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2020, for up to $1,500 per person.

Find detailed guidelines on eligibility and how to apply for the SIRF (pdf)

Core Research Team

Anna Monhartova, Ph.D.

Maille Faughnan, Ph.D.

Laura Murphy, Ph.D.

Lauren Dorado smiling in a floral shirt in front of trees.

Lauren Dodaro

Chloe Schwanz smiling in front of trees.

Chloe Schwanz

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