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Newcomb Fellows

The Newcomb Institute is an interdisciplinary academic center dedicated to educating undergraduates to achieve gender equity. We develop leaders, discover solutions to intractable gender problems of our time, and provide opportunities for students to experience synergies between curricula, research, and community engagement through close collaboration with faculty.

Newcomb Fellows are faculty members from across Tulane University who partner with us in pursuing our mission. Newcomb Fellows can come from a range of faculty positions: full-time, visiting, administrative, post-doc, or professor of practice, and there are two categories of Fellows:

Core Newcomb Fellows engage in research and/or teaching in one of the following areas:

  • Gender
  • Women’s intersectional political leadership
  • Women and prison
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sexual and reproductive health (especially in Louisiana or Kenya)
  • Women’s literature
  • Women and performance
  • Women and technology
  • Women and STEM
  • Women’s history (especially the history of women/gender/feminism in the Gulf South)

Affiliate Newcomb Fellows are faculty members or administrators with a demonstrated interest in gender equity and/or a strong connection to and affiliation with the historic Newcomb College and the Newcomb Institute.


To apply, fill out this application (application will open in a new window).  

Benefits of Being a Newcomb Fellow
  • Access to administrative and programmatic support 
  • Participation in lunches, book discussions, and other community-building events
  • Research funding
  • Support for student research and technology projects and internships
  • Opportunity to book space in the Commons for mission-serving events
Expectations of Newcomb Fellows

Fellows would be expected to identify which of the following activities we might expect them to do:

  • Promote Newcomb Institute events (class announcements, poster sharing)
  • Nominate students for end-of-the-year awards (Oak Wreath, Under the Oaks Awards)
  • Nominate and encourage students to apply for Newcomb Institute programs and opportunities (Newcomb Scholars program, grants, experiential learning opportunities)
  • Serve on a Newcomb Institute committee (for example: postdoc mentoring, grants, awards selection)
  • Teach a course with gender in mind, or a course in the Scholars program, what we hope will be a Gender-Based Violence certificate program, the leadership track, or the Newcomb Summer Session
  • Attend Newcomb Institute events or programs, such as Fridays at Newcomb
  • Advise a Newcomb Institute student group
  • Work with us to develop and issue a research report (corporate boards, the status of women in New Orleans, women in New Orleans post-Katrina) or other research projects (online journals, etc.)
  • Actively work to identify and bring speakers to campus in partnership with Newcomb Institute
  • Attend Under the Oaks
  • Help the Institute liaise with other campus units
  • Identify new faculty who should become involved with the Institute
  • Nominate faculty for the Distinguished Fellow Award
  • Propose, organize, and put on specialized conferences or symposia

For more information, contact:
Laura Wolford
Associate Director of Newcomb Institute 
Director of Operations