Online Discussions

2014 Reading Project:

Students are invited to participate in guided and ongoing online discussions, led by Tulane faculty. Click here to join the discussions at the Reading Project Facebook Group.

Discussion Leaders


CunninghamMichael Cunningham, Ph.D. || Join the Discussion

Professor Cunningham is jointly appointed in the Department of Psychology and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, and his research interests include examining adolescent development in diverse contexts, specifically in African Americans. He is also the associate provost and executive director of Tulane's Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT).  His writing has been included in numerous journals and publications including Education and Urban Society, Handbook of Adolescent Development in Urban Communities: Resilience in the Neighborhood, and Research on Human Development. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to the Society for Research in Child Development Award; the Barbara E. Moely Award for Outstanding Service Learning Teaching, Tulane University; and the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow (Tulane University Undergraduate Teaching Award), among other honors.


DougDouglas Harris, Ph.D. || Join the Discussion

Recently named one of the top 10 most influential economists studying education, Douglas Harris is a professor in the Department of Economics, the University Endowed Chair in Public Education, director of the Education Policy Program of Tulane's Murphy Institute, and director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, which he founded. His book, Value-Added Measures in Education (2011, Harvard Education Press), was nominated for the National Grawemeyer Award in Education and reviewed by Bill Gates. Research interests include economics of education, test-based accountability, and markets for schooling: choice, charter schools, and vouchers (especially in New Orleans). He was recently named to a task force of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and work is widely cited In the national media, including CNN, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, National Journal, and Wall Street Journal.

nghana lewisNghana Lewis, Ph. D., JD || Join the Discussion   

Professor Lewis holds the Louise & Leonard Riggio Professorship in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, and is jointly appointed in English and African & African Diaspora Studies. Her areas of research include black literary and cultural studies, criminal justice reform, gender relations, K12 education, and HIV/AIDS. She received the 2010 Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and is the founding faculty coordinator of Tulane's South Africa Summer Study Abroad (SASSA) program. She also serves as interim director of Tulane's program for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, teaches educational policy in the Department of Psychology; and holds an affiliate appointment with Tulane’s School of Law. She is the author of Before & After Katrina: Black Education in New Orleans.


RyanRyan McBride, Ph.D. || Join the Discussion

Professor McBride is Associate Director of Writing in the Department of English and Director of Service-Learning with the Center for Public Service (CPS). His joint appointment with the School of Liberal Arts and CPS allows him to teach service-learning courses as well as direct a multidisciplinary service-learning project, aimed at expanding opportunities for New Orleans youth to participate in debate. The service-learning project originated from Ryan's service-learning course, "Aristotle in New Orleans," in which he and his students partnered with local teachers and principals to launch debate programs at four New Orleans middle schools. The award-winning program has earned a grant from the American Philosophical Association, and is currently used as a national model by the Middle School Public Debate Program.


whelanCarol Whelan, Ph.D. || Join the Discussion

Carol Whelan is a professor of practice in Tulane's Teacher Preparation and Certification Program of Newcomb-Tulane College. With support from the Center for Public Service and the staff at Banneker Elementary and Middle School, she redesigned the Education in a Diverse Society class to include the teaching of social innovation strategies, and she and co-designed the first course in Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane. She has served as an assistant state superintendent and state director of technology for Louisiana, and has been a faculty member at both the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and LSU, working with teacher education programs in the area of early childhood education. Her focus areas are early childhood education and educational technology, having worked as an elementary teacher, counselor and testing specialist.


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