Anne Taylor

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B.A., History, Gordon College – Wenham, MA, 2010
BA., Sociology, University of Colorado – Boulder, 2016
M.A., Sociology, Yale University - 2019
Areas of Interest: 
Charisma; Cultural Sociology; Politics; Religion; Historical Sociology; Social Theory; Religious Nationalism; US Political & Religious History
Reimagining Charisma: The Leadership of Followers in Charismatic Movements

Anne Taylor is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Yale University, and her research explores charisma in religion, politics, and culture. Using cultural sociology and historical sociological methods, her work focuses on charismatic communities in American political and religious history, with a particular emphasis on religious nationalism from 17th century colonial New England through the early Republic, 19th century American populism, and contemporary American evangelicalism, as well as populist political organizing in Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She also studies contemporary pop culture fandoms, like fans of Harry Potter or American travel guide and PBS host Rick Steves.

Anne is a Junior Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. In 2020, the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies awarded her the Pre-Dissertation International Research Grant, and the International Dissertation Research Grant. In 2019, she worked as a Pre-Prospectus Research Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Yale University. Additionally, she is a Junior Fellow of the Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society at the Yale MacMillan Center. In 2017, she received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Anne 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, for her honors thesis, “A Shared Revelation: Charismatic Communities and the Puritan Experiment in Early New England,” which was advised by sociologist Isaac Reed.


Taylor, Anne. 2019. “Book Review: Douglas Winiarski, Darkness Falls On the Land of Light.” Cultural Sociology 13(4):531-532

Selected Workshop and Conference Presentations

“Populism, Poetry, and Political Organizing: Performances of Fusion with Bernie Sanders’ Imagined Civil Sphere,” Center for Cultural Sociology Workshop at Yale University. February 14, 2020.

“Charismatic Revivalism in Religion and Politics,” Summer Fellows’ Colloquium, Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Yale University. July 29, 2019.

“Audiences Becoming Actors in Charismatic Performance: A study of the Great Awakening in British North America,” presented to the panel session, “Expressive Meanings and Performance,” Center for Cultural Sociology Annual Spring Conference. Yale University. April 27, 2019.

“A Shared Revelation: Charismatic Communities and the Puritan Experiment in Early New England.” Comparative Research Workshop at Yale University. March 27, 2018.

“Asceticism, Alchemy, and Autonomy: The Intersection of Faith and Knowledge in Puritan Opposition to the English Empire,” presented at the panel session ‘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.