Gwen Prowse, Tulane University

Gwen Prowse

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2023, Norman Mayer 321


PhD, African American Studies & Political Science, Yale University
BA, Urban Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University


Gwen Prowse is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Africana Studies. Her work examines how members of race-class subjugated communities mobilize in response to social policy failures, particularly at the subnational level. At the core of Prowse's research is the conviction that bottom-up accounts are vital for understanding political life; that no study of democratic inequality is complete without them. She is a co-PI (with Vesla Weaver and Tracey Meares) for the Portals Policing Project, which draws from the largest-known archive of first-hand accounts of policing to examine how police-citizen interactions shape political knowledge, discourse, and resistance in the United States.

Her collaborative work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, and the Florida Law Review.

Prowse earned her PhD in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University and a BA in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.