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Brandon R. Davis
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Murphy Institute
  • bdavis21@tulane.edu
  • Norman Mayer 314


Brandon R. Davis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and The Murphy Institute at Tulane University. He earned an M.S.W. from Alabama A&M University, and a M.A. in Gender and Race Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Alabama. Brandon is also a former postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. 

His research focuses on American politics, law and society, and race and ethnic politics. Brandon is interested in normative and empirical approaches to institutions, representation, and criminal justice. In 2022, the National Science Foundation awarded funding for his proposal CAREER: We Dare Defend Our Rights: The Political Use of Law in the Enforcement of Voting Rights. NSF identifies these five-year, $500,000 integrated research and teaching awards as its most prestigious award for early career scholars. 

The Murphy Institute

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 important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.