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 culture, religion, and media. Using cultural, ethnographic, and historical sociological methods, her work focuses on charismatic communities in American religious history and pop culture.

Anne is currently a Junior Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Media, Religion and Culture at the University of Colorado Boulder. In the summer of 2021, she worked as a qualitative research intern at Twitter. 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  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. Prior to her academic work, Anne worked for Bernie 2016 and Apple, Inc as a group facilitator. 


Taylor, Anne. 2021. “Audience Agency in Social Performance,” Cultural Sociology

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