Division: United States History
Students in the field of African American history research a variety of topics related to the historical experiences of persons of African ancestry throughout the United States. However my particular focus is on 20th Century African American history, African American urban history, and the history of African Americans in the American West. Recent areas of research by graduate students have included such topics as the role of the NAACP in crafting gendered images of African Americans in the early 20th Century, black San Francisco and the politics of redevelopment and gentrification, African Americans and the 20th Century Military Justice System, power, race and labor in post-1970 Seattle, and the gendered politics and African American women's clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Students are especially encouraged to craft topics that intersect with the areas of expertise of other department specialists in African American history and in allied fields including Asian American, Native American, Latino\a, gender, urban, social and cultural history. For more specific information on my areas of interest please visit Professor Taylor's website.