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Scott Nolan Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Political Science Tulane University

Scott Nolan

Visiting Assistant Professor
Office Hours: MWF, 3-4 & by Appointment, 119 Norman Mayer


Scott N. Nolan is a Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in American Politics whose teaching and research focuses on public and constitutional law, courts, criminal justice, and LGBTQ 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 / personal injury, family law (divorce, alimony, child adoption 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 2018, 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 American Government, LGBTQ Politics, Courts and Judges, Criminal Justice, and Methods of Political Research. While at UNO, he was a finalist for the campus-wide UNO Advocate Award for Excellence in Teaching, for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. He was also a finalist for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2017-2018. He won the UNO Leadership Award for Service [for Pre-Law Advising] for 2017-2018. 

From 2015 to 2018, he was an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University where he taught American Government, LGBTQ Politics, Criminal Justice, Court & Politics, and Constitutional Law. In Fall 2018 he became a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University where he now teaches Scope & Methods of Political Research and courses in the American Politics subfields of Public Law and LGBTQ Politics. In 2019 he was nominated by seven-member cohort of students for Tulane’s Weiss Presidential Medal (for undergraduate teaching) and he won an award for excellent faculty mentoring from Tulane’s Undergraduate Student Government.

His current research focuses on (a) how lawyers help same-sex couples obtain divorces and how these cases play out in American courts, and (b) on teaching pedagogy in the field of political science, especially as it relates to preparing students for higher education and law-related careers.  

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