Laura D. Kelley, is an immigrant and ethnic historian at Tulane University and the Program Director of Tulane’s Summer in Dublin Program. She is also the section editor for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities KNOWLA Project and has published articles in Louisiana History as well as online collections. Her book,The Irish in New Orleans, was the winner of the bronze medal in the Regional Non-Fiction category of the Independent Publisher Awards- IPPY- as well as a finalist for the INDIEFAB award.  She is the recipient of numerous grants which have supported her research examining immigrant and ethnic communities in New Orleans. Additionally, she has organized several international conferences and symposiums highlighting these topics.  She is currently completing her second and third manuscript on the Irish, “Erin’s Enterprise”  and “The Greening of New Orleans”.   For more information please visit