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Steven Taylor Assoc Professor Department of Government

Ph.D. University of Minnesota

M.A. University of Minnesota

M.Ed. Florida A&M University

B.S. State University of New York/College at Buffalo

Professor Taylor's teaching and research focus on urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, civil rights and liberties, and political culture both in the U.S. and West Africa. (During the Spring of 2016 he was a Fulbright scholar in Ghana.) His published works include two books: "Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators: African Americans in Ghana," and "Desegregation in Boston and Buffalo: the Influence of Local Leaders." His research has also been featured in various academic journals, and he has presented it at conferences in the United States and in Africa. In addition to the Fulbright Award, Taylor has been awarded fellowships by the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. An educator who is also involved in his local community, Professor Taylor has served on the Montgomery County, Maryland Human Rights Commission, and on the Transit Advisory Group for the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation.
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Fall 2022

  • GOVT-110 Politics in the U.S.

  • GOVT-240 Metropolitan Politics

  • GOVT-433 Topics Sub-Saharan African Pol: Pol History: Pre-Colonial-Pres

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

Spring 2023

  • GOVT-240 Metropolitan Politics

  • GOVT-325 Minority Politics in the U.S.: Racial, Relig & Ethnic Groups

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Area of Expertise

U.S. government and politics: civil rights, civil liberties, and politics of school desegregation; urban politics; politics of race and ethnicity; African politics

Additional Information

Steven Jeffrey Taylor is the author of two books: Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators: African Americans in Ghana, (State University of New York Press, 2019) and Desegregation in Boston and Buffalo: The Influence of Local Leaders (State University of New York Press, 1998. He also published a chapter in the book Creating Constitutional Change, with his chapter being entitled: "The Swann Decision: Brown Moves North. Among the journal articles he has published are "Whatever Happened to the Republican 'Lock' on the Electoral College?" (New England Journal of Political Science, 2013, "Racial Polarization in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election" (The Western Journal of Black Studies, 2011), "The Political Influence of African American Ministers: A Legacy of West African Culture" (Journal of Black Studies, 2006), and "Disputed Electoral Results in Ghana and the United States" (Journal of Global Awareness, 2004).

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