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.


NOW OPEN: 2024-2025 Science Policy and Communication Graduate Fellows Program Application

The Center for Public Policy Research is accepting applications for the Graduate Fellows Program, a collaboration with the Schools of Science & Engineering and Medicine focused on how politics and the economy drive society’s views on science. The program seeks to attract scientists and engineers with robust laboratory/research experience who are also passionate about the critical role of scientists in countering misperceptions of science, engineering, and medicine. 

The deadline to apply is August 1st, 2024.

Call for Faculty Applications: The Murphy Science Policy & Communication Professor

The Science Policy and Communication Graduate Fellows Program seeks to train future leaders in science and engineering policy, advocacy, and communication. Fellows will develop specific skills that effectively bridge the communication gap between scientists and various societal stakeholders.

The Murphy Science Policy & Communication Professor will lead the design, development, and implementation of a core course on key aspects of science policy, communication, and political economy. DEADLINE TO APPLY EXTENDED TO 7/22/2024


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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.


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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.

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