Dr. Paula Nicole Booke is the Director of the Center for Academic Equity. She oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that ensure that all full-time undergraduate students admitted to the university have the tools to thrive and flourish academically. As director, she is the primary liaison representing the academic concerns of BIPOC, QT, first-gen, and low-income students within the undergraduate college, Newcomb-Tulane College.
She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2009. Dr. Booke’s research traverses the politics of racial and religious identity in American life, pedagogy, and the impact of equity and inclusion practices on the undergraduate student experience.
Dr. Booke’s current research explores the role of institutional identity affirmation in undergraduate student academic outlook and achievement. Her forthcoming paper “People, Place, and Pedagogy: The Impact of Colleges on Student Identity and Success” addresses the role of institutional infrastructure, personnel, and curriculum in affirming multiple or singular identities within a campus community.
Dr. Booke is also embarking on a new book project entitled “The Politics of the Racial Divide in American Theology” that explores how race mediates theology to produce divergent political agendas among Black and White evangelicals.