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Scott Nolan Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Political Science Tulane University

Scott Nolan

Professor of Practice
Office Hours: MWF, 3-4 & by Appointment, 119 Norman Mayer


Scott N. Nolan is a Professor of Practice specializing in American Politics whose teaching focuses on law, courts, and the role of sexuality and LGBTQ identity in politics. 

He earned his B.A. in Political Science with Pre-Law Concentration from the University of New Orleans in 2007, his M.A. in 2013, and his Ph.D. in 2019. 

From 2001 to 2015, while earning his degrees, he worked full-time as a paralegal doing complex civil litigation, trial and appellate work in the legal fields of tortious and personal injury, family law (divorce, alimony, child custody and support cases), corporate law (formation and transactional work), residential and corporate real estate transactions and foreclosures, immigration matters, Qui Tam actions arising under the U.S. False Claims Act, and especially medical malpractice and healthcare law.

From 2002 to 2019, while earning his degrees, he also worked part-time as a federally contracted Weather Observer for the U.S. National Weather Service and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration at New Orleans International Airport.

From 2013 to 2018 he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of New Orleans where he taught courses in American Politics including LGBTQ Politics and Methods of Political Research. At UNO he was a finalist for the campus-wide UNO Advocate Award for Excellence in Teaching twice (2016-2017 and 2017-2018) and won the UNO Leadership Award for Service [for Pre-Law Advising] for 2017-2018. 

He arrived at Tulane as an Adjunct Professor (2015-2018), then worked as a Visiting Professor (2018-2020), and is now a Professor of Practice (2020+). He now teaches Methods of Political Research and courses in American politics. At Tulane he was nominated for the campus-wide Weiss Presidential Medal for Undergraduate Teaching twice (2019 and 2020) and won a Tulane Student Government Award for Student Mentoring in 2019. 

He is a Tulane First-Year Faculty Fellow - a small but diverse group of faculty that engage with prospective (high school) students and first-semester freshman about academic life at Tulane and in New Orleans via special events. 

He often works with Phi Alpha Delta, Tulane’s co-ed pre-law fraternity, which allows him to mentor students interested in attending law school.