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Current Posse Mentors

Paula Nicole Booke, PhD

Paula Booke

Dr. Paula Nicole Booke is the Associate Director of the Center for Academic Equity and the Director of the Newcomb-Tulane Summer Experience at Tulane University. 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 on 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.

Dr. Booke is originally from Jamaica, WI and is a First-Generation College student who is engaged in advocacy in support of expanding access and opportunities for all students from underserved communities.

La' Tesha Hinton

La'Tesha Hinton

La' Tesha Hinton is a Certified Health Education Specialist and serves as an Assistant Director for The Well for Health Promotion.  She is the Posse mentor for New Orleans Tulane Posse 7 and advises the Tulane Peer Health Educator (TUPHE) program on campus.  On a daily basis, she interacts and connects one-on-one with students to discuss various health topics such as alcohol and other drug use, sexual health, and mental well-being to support their academic success and enhance their ability to optimally thrive.

La' Tesha completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana. She received her Master of Science in Public Health degree in Tropical Medicine concentrating in Parasitology from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant at The Well when she attended Tulane and that's when she fell in love with college health promotion.

Elisabeth McMahon, PhD

Elisabeth McMahon

Elisbeth McMahon specializes in East African History with a particular focus on slavery, emancipation, identity formation, and gender among the coastal Islamic communities. She is currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies.

Her teaching interests range widely across the African continent and are deeply connected to my research. McMahon regularly teaches the introduction to African history, lecture courses on Southern African history and a History of Development in Africa. Along with seminars on gender in African history and a service learning seminar called Archiving Africa that partners with the Amistad Research Center. She is also currently working on a course on the history of failure and enriches the classroom experience through the use of a variety of materials, with a strong focus on biography and memoir as a means to bring the emotional lives of Africans into the classroom.

Marilyn G. Miller

Marilyn Miller

Professor Miller's research interests include the discourses of slavery and race, popular culture with a special focus on music and visual culture, inter-American studies and Latin American studies from a comparative perspective. She is the author of Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race: The Cult of Mestizaje in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2004) and the editor of Tango Lessons: Movement, Sound, Image, and Text in Contemporary Practice (Duke University Press, 2014). She has also published widely on Cuban culture and literature, including several essays on the 19th century poet Juan Francisco Manzano and the relationship between poetry and emancipation more broadly. Her current project examines Cuban-Argentine cultural collaborations before and after Che Guevara, for which she received a 2016-2017 Fulbright Fellowship.

Marilyn G. Miller links the Jewish Studies Department to Tulane’s internationally acclaimed Latin American Studies program. Her courses are concerned with the fundamental role of Jewish individuals and collectives in Latin American literary and cultural production from the colonial period to the present. Topics include aspects of Jewish immigration to and between the Americas and the relationship between national and international conflicts and Jewish displacement Professor Miller’s courses challenge and enhance students' understanding of a region that boasts the sixth largest Jewish population in the world (Buenos Aires) as well as a rich and diverse diaspora that stretches from the Caribbean, to Mexico, Central and South America.

Rebecca Otten

Rebecca Otten

Rebecca Otten is Associate Director of Social Innovation Strategy at Taylor and Director of the Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) minor at Tulane School of Architecture. Otten currently teaches “SISE 2010: Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship” and the TIDES course “Cultivate your Inner Changemaker.” Otten, as part of the founding team that introduced social innovation work to Tulane in 2009, launched and continues to influence its co-curricular and curricular offerings over the last decade. Otten incorporates her diverse interests in youth development, organizational and educational systems theory and social impact in higher education, examining the ways in which communities and structures can encourage inclusion and equity.

Otten is a Change Leader with the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium and contributes to academic and community engagement strategies at Taylor. Otten’s current research explores a dynamic, long-term partnership between the Taylor Center and Grow Dat Youth Farm, a local organization that nurtures a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Otten has also established an ongoing partnership with unCommon Construction, an organization that uses the build process to empower youth to lead the workforce after high school or college.

Otten holds a BS in Anthropology, BSM in Management, and master’s in public health from Tulane University.

Ambika Prasad, PhD

Ambika Prasad

Professor Ambika Prasad is a Lecturer in Management at the A. B. Freeman School of Business and Adjunct Professor with the Tulane Honors Program. Professor Prasad draws on her academic background in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and her professional experience in the Indian Revenue Service and at a consulting firm in Illinois.

Her research focuses on the influence of diversity and stereotyping on performance evaluations, as well as on how virtual teams come together across distances to collaborate. She is interested in the need for management to understand individuals with diverse backgrounds and support their teams.

Patrick Randolph

Patrick Randolph

Patrick Randolph serves as Director for the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility. Patrick attended the Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions, where he secured a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling (’95), as well as a Master of Health Sciences in Rehabilitation Counseling (’97).  Patrick has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of Disability Services, and he has served in his current capacity at Tulane University since 2009. He is also the father of a recent Tulane alumna (Hannah, ’18).

Patrick is an avid sports fan and active supporter of Tulane, LSU, the Pelicans, and the Saints. Most weekends, you can find Patrick taking in a sporting event or enjoying one of the many festivals throughout the city.  Patrick has been selected as the Mentor for LA Posse 11.

Jazmine Robinson

Jazmine Robinson

Jazmine Robinson is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life. She is originally from Long Island, New York, but resided in Atlanta, Georgia for over half her life so she is either a New York "Peach" or a Georgia "Apple." She attended Clayton State University and received her Bachelors in Business Management in Administration with a minor in Marketing. While attending the University of West Georgia she received her Masters in Professional Counseling with a concentration in College Student Affairs. With a majority of her professional experience in Orientation and transitioning new students onto college campuses, she hopes to build on this foundation and focus on the retention aspects of underrepresented student populations. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Her passion lies in service to others and helping to shape tomorrows future. She enjoys watching her favorite tv show Martin, all HGTV shows, anything Shonda Rhimes produced, and Love is Blind. While currently moving toward a holistic healthy lifestyle, she is currently trying out a vegan and gluten free diet. Fun fact, music is incorporated into her life everyday and it's a huge part of her self care. She is the proud aunt of a beautiful niece and a super awesome nephew. As a POSSE 9 Mentor she hopes to create a home away from home for her mentees, provide them with resources for success, and create a family environment of support for each other. The road will be long with obstacles at every turn, but when we navigate as a unit we will reach the light at the end of the tunnel together.

T. R. Johnson

T. R. Johnson

T. R. Johnson was born in Chicago, but considers Louisville, Kentucky, his hometown. He went to Northwestern University as an undergraduate, then got his Master’s Degree at the University of Virginia. From there he returned to his hometown to start teaching. He quickly came to love teaching college students and decided to pursue a doctorate that woud allow him to study in depth the particular question of how best to teach people how to write. In 1997, he got accepted a job at Boston University, and then, two years later, he became The Director of the Writing Center at the University of New Orleans. As soon he arrived in New Orleans, he knew he had found his new home. In 2004, he was hired and tenured in the English Department at Tulane.

T. R. is also a contemporary jazz disc-jockey at WWOZ 90.7 here in New Orleans (the station streams around the world at, and he spends a lot of his free time in the city’s jazz clubs. He has lived near The Mississippi River in the 9th Ward of New Orleans for twenty years now. He has written books about the teaching of writing, about psychoanalysis, and, most recently, he edited a collection of essays on the literary history of New Orleans. When he’s not writing or teaching or enjoying the city’s music, he usually either gardening in his backyard or kayaking in the swamps on the outskirts of the city or just relaxing with friends and family.

Posse Mentors Emeriti

Amjad Ayoubi, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for undergraduate education at Tulane University

Jered Bocage
Senior Director of Programs Alumni Relations at Tulane University

James D. Huck, Jr., PhD
Assistant Director for Graduate Programs at the Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University

Michael P. Kuczynski, PhD
Professor of English at Tulane University

Marva L. Lewis, PhD.
Associate Professor of Social Work at Tulane University

Collete Raphel
University Registrar at Tulane University

Red Vaughan Tremmel, PhD
Professor of Practice, Department of History at Tulane University