A 1955 graduate of Dartmouth College, Newell Stultz received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1965. He was first appointed at Brown in 1965 and held briefly other appointments at Northwestern University, Rhodes University (South Africa), the University of South Africa and Yale University, the last in 1977 at Yale's Southern Africa Research Program. Stultz took emeritus status in 2003 but continued to do limited teaching at Brown until 2008.
Stultz's work focused primarily on comparative politics, specializing in South Africa. His early research dealt with different aspects of South African domestic politics and, separately, with the apartheid issue at the United Nations. Stultz has also been a bibliographer of scholarly writings about South Africa. Recently he has written about official language policies in multi-lingual societies.
"Official Language Policies in Multilingual Societies: Evidence from the United States, South Africa, and Canada." Safundi 10:1 (January): 59-76, 2009.
"African States Experiment with Peer-Reviewing: The APRM, 2002 to 2007." Brown Journal of World Affairs 13:2 (Spring-Summer 2007): 247-57, 2007.
"Political Inclusion and Parliamentary Changes Among Thirteen States in the Former British Africa." Africa Insight 36:2 (June): 7-24, 2006.
"Contextual Influences on Language Politics in Canada and South Africa." Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 31:3 (November): 67-91, 1993.
"Evolution of the United Nations Anti-Apartheid Regime." Human Rights Quarterly 13:1 (February):1-23, 1991.
The Apartheid Issue at the Security Council. (The United Nations and Southern Africa Series, No. 1) Braamfontein: The South African Institute of International Affairs, 59 pp., 1989.
"The Apartheid Issue at the General Assembly: Stalemate or Gathering Storm?" African Affairs 86:342 (January): 25-45, 1987.