Environmental history, nineteenth- and twentieth-century US history, Native American history, history of technology, geography, history of the North American West
Taylor is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the History Department. He studies US history and Native American history from the 1840s to the present with a particular focus on technology, law and political economy, the environment, and the West during the Cold War.
His dissertation examines the relationship between national security infrastructures, Native land dispossession, and the transformation of the Nevada desert. He is the recipient of the 2020-1 AHA/NASA Fellowship in Aerospace History and is active in Yale Environmental Humanities and Yale Environmental History.
In the past, he has researched and written about topics including logging roads in the Pacific Northwest and the politics of noise pollution in 1960s New York. You may find his latest article, “The Opening of the Clackamas: Log Trucks, Access Roads, and Multiple-Use Infrastructure in Oregon’s National Forests,” in the May 2022 issue of the Western Historical Quarterly.
Taylor was born in San Diego, California and grew up mostly in Orlando, Florida. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, and camper and once spent a long summer as a wildland firefighter.
He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Florida and a M.A. in History from Portland State University.