Anne Taylor

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B.A., History, cum laude (Gordon College – Wenham, MA, 2010)
BA., Sociology, summa cum laude - with distinction (University of Colorado – Boulder, 2016)
Areas of Interest: 
Religion, Politics, Nationalism, Charisma, Empire, American Evangelicalism, Social Theory, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Cultural Sociology.

Anne Taylor is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Yale University. She is a Junior Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, and a Junior Fellow of the Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society at the MacMillan Center. Her research blends cultural sociology and comparative-historical methods to study charisma, religion, and power, specifically interactions between charismatic Christian communities and political structures in society. Currently, she has two developing projects: one researching early modern Britain and the Puritan project in Massachusetts Bay colony in the 17th century, and the second investigating the culture of American evangelical higher education. She is also interested in cultural trauma during and following imperial projects, which work with their own infusions of charisma, as well as American evangelicalism, the 2007 U.S. financial crisis, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Anne is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and earned a BA in History from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts in 2010, where she focused on ancient religion, and medieval art and spiritual-political intersections. She then went on to earn a second BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016, where she graduated summa cum laude, with distinction.

Conference Presentations:

“Asceticism, Alchemy, and Autonomy: The Intersection of Faith and Knowledge in Puritan Opposition to the English Empire,” presented at a panel on ‘Religion and Politics in Global Perspective’ at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Baltimore, MD. November 12-15, 2016. Discussant: Samuel Nelson.

“Navigating Religious and Sexual Identities at a Christian College,” presented at the ‘Undergraduate Honors Program Roundtable Session’ at the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL. August 21-25, 2015.

“Hagia Sophia: Political & Religious Crossroads,” Conference on Faith and History, George Fox University, Newberg, OR. October 7, 2010.