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  1. Thomas LaVeist, a national expert on issues related to equity and health, has been named dean of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He will also hold the position of Presidential Chair in Health Equity, making him the first to hold one of Tulane’s newly endowed presidential chairs, created to support the recruitment of exceptional, internationally recognized scholars whose work transcends and bridges traditional academic disciplines.
  2. The Bedsheet Project will allow students to write on, or even cut, bedsheets with any comments, questions or feelings about sexual violence on campus. The project is spearheaded by the Project IX Dialogue Team. Project IX is a team of students creating initiatives to get students thinking and talking about what consent looks like, to prevent sexual violence at Tulane, and how to build a safer community.
  3. Growing up in an environment plagued by high rates of gun violence can affect someone for the rest of his or her life, according to public-health experts. In the 1990s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente partnered on a landmark study of more than 17,000 individuals, looking at the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and children's long-term health. The more ACEs someone has—the higher their ACE score—the higher their risk of depression, drug use, and such health problems as diabetes and heart attacks, which disproportionately impact communities of color.
  4. Drs. Maeve Wallace and Katherine Theall conducted a study focused on the relationship between state laws that shape the breadth and scope of women’s reproductive rights and two adverse birth outcomes (preterm birth and low birth weight) in every U.S. state. They found that women in states with the lowest scores — the most restrictive reproductive-rights climates — had greater odds of delivering a preterm or low birth-weight infant the following year (2012) as compared to women in states with the strongest reproductive rights. They also received the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in the journal Women’s Health Issues in 2017.
  5. Dr. Kat Theall notices how the abilities to raise a family in safe and stable housing, to eat healthy foods, to visit a doctor or get medicine when needed, to pursue high-quality education through college and beyond are taken for granted by some and distinctly out of reach for others. As the city's 300th anniversary approaches, Theall wonders if this will finally be the year New Orleans uplifts black women and black birth, which would the stage for a safer, healthier and more equitable next 300 years.
  6. Students of all grades across the country, including at Tulane, walked out of class at 10am (cst) on March 14th for 17 minutes to in memoriam for the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland school shooting.
  7. Students of all grades across the country, including at Tulane, walked out of class at 10am (cst) on March 14th for 17 minutes to in memoriam for the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland school shooting.
  8. Based on what they found out in the Climate Survey results, faculty and student fellows from the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking created a 10-week, student-led project, "Project IX," that would sift through the results of the survey and create several tangible solutions for the problem of sexual violence on campus.
  9. As students participate in walkouts across the country to urge lawmakers to do something about gun violence, several universities, including Tulane, announced that they would not let discipline as a result of peaceful protest affect admissions decisions.
  10. In the wake of another mass school shooting, discussion about gun laws and how we think about and treat mental illness are brought back to the forefront of national conversations.
  11. “Making Civilian Casualties Count: Approaches to Documenting the Human Cost of War”. Steflja, Izabela; Darden, Jessica Trisko. Human Rights Review, December 2013, Volume 14, Issue 4.
  12. Research by Jessica Trisko Darden and Izabela Steflja has demonstrated that the support roles women take up in combat zones challenge our traditional categorization of them as civilians. The increasingly blurred line between combat and support roles in national militaries also poses a challenge for understanding the impact of female combatants on conflict dynamics.
  13. Dr. Denese Shervington, president and CEO of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, told Axios that ultimately, the decision to fund the TPP program and its grantees will depend on how members of Congress view these programs: "For it to be important, they would have to have a heart," she said. "They would have to be thinking about children and their needs versus their own ideology."
  14. Tulane Sociology Professor Stephen Ostertag isn’t at all surprised about the NFL players’ protest that unfolded during Sunday’s game. He says it’s part of a movement about race. “It seems like this is something that’s been in the making for a while now,” says Ostertag.
  15. For seven years, Catherine Burnette, an assistant professor in the Tulane School of Social Work, has researched violence against indigenous women and the related health disparities. Her recently published article, “Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence: Can a Holistic Framework Help Explain Violence Experienced by Indigenous People?”, was published this November in Social Work, a journal of the National Association of Social Workers.


  1. Societal/Structural
    1. Fleckman, J. M., Taylor, C. A., Theall, K. P., & Andrinopoulos, K. (2019). Perceived social norms in the neighborhood context: The role of perceived collective efficacy in moderating the relation between perceived injunctive norms and use of corporal punishment. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36(1), 29-41.
    2. Fleckman, J. M., Taylor, C. A., Theall, K. P., & Andrinopoulos, K. (2019). The association between perceived injunctive norms toward corporal punishment, parenting support, and risk for child physical abuse. Child abuse & neglect, 88, 246-255.
    1. Ferreira, R., Buttell, F. & Elmhurst, K. (2018). The Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Resilience and growth in the aftermath of postdisaster intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Social Work, 21:1, 22-44
    2. Ramchand, R., Franklin, E., Thornton, E., Deland, S. M., & Rouse, J. C. (2018). Violence, guns, and suicide in New Orleans: results from a qualitative study of recent suicide decedents. Journal of forensic sciences, 63(5), 1444-1449.
    3. Taylor, C. A., Fleckman, J. M., Scholer, S. J., & Branco, N. (2018). US Pediatricians' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceived Injunctive Norms About Spanking. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(7), 564-572.
    1. Ashing, K. T., Lewis, M. L., & Walker, V. P. (2017). Thoughts and response to authority-perpetrated, discriminatory, and race-based violence. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(6), 511-512.
    2. Brasington LF, Wikberg EC, Kawamura S, Fedigan LM, Jack KM. (2017). Infant mortality in white-faced capuchins: The impact of alpha male replacements. American Journal of Primatology; e22725.
    3. Burnette, C. E., & Hefflinger, T. S. (2017). Identifying community risk factors for violence against indigenous women: A framework of historical oppression and resilience. Journal of Community Psychology.
    4. Kalbitzer, U., Bergstrom, M. L., Carnegie, S. D., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S., Campos, F. A., Jack, K. M., & Fedigan, L. M. (2017). Female sociality and sexual conflict shape offspring survival in a Neotropical primate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(8), 1892-1897.
    5. Ostertag, S. F., & Dìaz, L. (2017). A critical strong program: Cultural power and racialized civil exclusion. American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 5(1-2), 34-67.
    6. Storer, H. L. (2017). A Year of Bad Choices: The Postfeminist “Restorying” of Teen Dating Violence in Young Adult Literature. Affilia, 0886109917704935.
    1. Burnette, C. E., & Figley, C. R. (2016). Historical oppression, resilience, and transcendence: can a holistic framework help explain violence experienced by indigenous people? Social Work, 1-8.
    2. Cannon, C. E. B., & Buttell, F. P. (2016). The social construction of roles in intimate partner violence: is the victim/perpetrator model the only viable one?. Journal of Family Violence, 31(8), 967-971.
    1. Burnette, C. E. (2015). Disentangling indigenous women’s experiences with intimate partner violence in the United States. Critical Social Work, 16(1), 1-20.
    2. Cannon, C., & Buttell F. (2015). Illusion of inclusion: The failure of the gender paradigm to account for intimate partner violence in LGBT relationships. Partner Abuse, 6(1), 65.
    3. Drury, S. S., Esteves, K., Hatch, V., Woodbury, M., Borne, S., Adamski, A., & Theall, K. P. (2015). Setting the trajectory: racial disparities in newborn telomere length. The Journal of Pediatrics, 166(5), 1181-1186.
    4. Keyes, A. W., Smyke, A. T., Middleton, M., & Black, C. L. (2015). Parenting African American Children in the Context of Racism. Zero to Three, 35(4), 27-34.
    5. Steflja, I. (2015). (In)Humanity on Trial: On the Ground Perceptions of International Criminal Tribunals. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)).
    6. Steflja, I. (2015). International Criminal Justice and Regime Change: The Stunted Transition (SWP 43).
    7. Van Rossem, R., Meekers, D., & Gage, A. J. (2015). Women's position and attitudes towards female genital mutilation in Egypt: A secondary analysis of the Egypt demographic and health surveys, 1995-2014. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 874.
    1. Burnette, C. E., Sanders, S., Butcher, H. K., & Rand, J. T. (2014). A toolkit for ethical and culturally sensitive research: An application with indigenous communities. Ethics and Social Welfare, 8(4), 364-382.
    2. Burnette, C. E., & Sanders, S. (2014). Trust development in research with indigenous communities in the United States. The Qualitative Report, 19(22), 1.
    3. Jack, K. M., & Riley, E. P. (2014). Male social tolerance, cooperation, and affiliation in male dispersing primates. Behaviour, 151(7), 861-870.
    4. Trask-Tate, A. J., Cunningham, M., & Francois, S. (2014). The role of racial socialization in promoting the academic expectations of African American adolescents: Realities in a post-Brown era. The Journal of Negro Education, 83(3), 281-299.
    5. Schoof, V. A., Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Fedigan, L. M., Ziegler, T. E., & Kawamura, S. (2014). Infanticides during periods of social stability: Kinship, resumption of ovarian cycling, and mating access in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). Neotropical Primates, 21(2), 191-195.
    1. Bernstein, V. J., Lewis, M. L., Daniher, K., & Murphy, K. (2013). Stepping Stones: Relationships, Resiliency, and Reflective Practice. Zero to Three, 34(2), 64-71.
    2. Lewis, M. L., Norona, C. R., McConnico, N., & Thomas, K. (2013). Colorism, a Legacy of Historical Trauma in Parent-Child Relationships: Clinical, Research, and Personal Perspectives. Zero to Three, 34(2), 11-23.
    3. Ostertag, S. F., & Ortiz, D. G. (2013). The battle over meaning: Digitally mediated processes of cultural trauma and repair in the wake of hurricane Katrina. American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 1(2), 186-220.
    4. Steflja, I., & Darden, J. T. (2013). Making Civilian Casualties Count: Approaches to Documenting the Human Cost of War. Human Rights Review, 14(4), 347-366.
    1. Buttell, F. P., Wong, A., & Powers, D. (2012). A large sample exploration of the characteristics of women court-mandated to a batterer intervention program: An analysis of race, class, and gender. Traumatology, 18(2), 17-26.
    2. Ostertag, S. F. (2012). News constructions of urban violence: Fear and the making of the prototypical criminal. Violence: Do We Know It When We See It.
    3. Steflja, I. (2012). Challenges of Transitional Justice in Rwanda. Africa Portal 45.
    1. Ostertag, S. F., & Armaline, W. T. (2011). Image isn't everything: Contemporary systemic racism and antiracism in the age of Obama. Humanity & Society, 35(3), 261-289.
    1. Steflja, I. (2010). Identity crisis in post-conflict societies: the ICTY's role in defensive nationalism among the Serbs. Global Change, Peace & Security, 22(2), 231-248.