The Murphy Institute

Understanding and analyzing the economic, moral, and political problems of our time


Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More importantly, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.

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Faculty Seed Grant Applications Open

The Center for Public Policy Research is offering seed grants of up to $3,000 to encourage both interdisciplinary connections on campus and external research grant proposals by Tulane faculty members. The program aims to initiate research in political economy and/or the influence of public policy on the economy, help move current projects forward, and assist faculty in cultivating a base of external funding that will support their work long term.

Submit proposals to by March 1, 2024.

Our Programs

The Murphy Institute is a one-of-a-kind intellectual center – not just for Tulane, but for the nation. No other institution in the country provides an undergraduate education focused on political and economic dynamics, fosters ethical reflection on social values, promotes research and outreach on public policy, and supports pathbreaking legal scholarship.


Tulane undergraduates in class

Featured: Undergraduate Degree in Political Economy

Tulane’s acclaimed multidisciplinary major in Political Economy aims to promote sustained reflection on the multiple connections between political and economic activities and institutions. The major is designed to avoid the sometimes excessive specialization that characterizes more traditional undergraduate majors. Our multidisciplinary approach allows students to develop complementary strengths in multiple areas.

Tulane Murphy Institute

Coordinates research and discussion of ethics and public affairs for faculty and graduate students


A multi-disciplinary research center that balances academic research with applied work


Promotes research and collaboration on issues in developed and developing economies


A multidisciplinary education around political economy themes and data analytics skills