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Tulane faculty study and teach in many countries around the world with a concentration in the Gulf region, Latin America and Africa. We have 11 endowed chairs in Caribbean and Latin American studies alone and our faculty investigate wide-ranging topics like health, economics and music. We also have world-class collections and archives, including the Latin American Library, the Middle American Research Institute (MARI) collection, the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Hogan Jazz Archive.

Our anthropologists have journeyed to South Africa to search for the origins of our species – one of our faculty was on the team that discovered a new species of human relative. And our medical technology is providing new insights into the lives of two Egyptian mummies in our collection.

Our work in Africa isn’t just focused on the past. Tulane is working in over 30 African nations, covering HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, malaria research and control, public health policy reform, family planning and more. Our researchers have played a major role in combating the recent Ebola outbreak, including the development of a test that can diagnose Ebola in as little as 15 minutes.

Over 70 core faculty and 35 affiliated faculty in schools and departments across the university specialize in Latin American studies. Their activities range from studying beliefs about corruption in Costa Rica, to investigating Marxism in Mexico, to addressing Zika in Brazil.

Closer to home, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South explores the region’s culture and its interconnections with Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. The center’s Music Rising website preserves and promotes the region’s music and provides resources for musical scholars of all ages.