Travis N. Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, where he is studying American politics and public policy. He is an active researcher and innovative teacher who is currently on the academic job market.

Travis’ current research focuses on the policy implications of judicial selection institutions in the states. He is more specifically investigating how racial disparities in state prisons and incarceration rates more broadly differ based on the selection mechanism for trial court judges. Additionally, he is investigating the responsiveness of trial court judges in the states to public opinion on crime and punishment. More broadly, Travis is interested in research on political campaigns, especially in non-federal campaigns, and in voter and elite behavior. He is also interested in researching the political consultancy, political psychology, and U.S. elections policy.

In addition to a robust research agenda, Travis is actively engaged in the teaching of politics. While at UK, he has TA’d or co-taught American Government (PS101), Politics of Law & Courts (PS360), and Political Campaigns & Elections (PS472G), and has been a primary instructor for the Politics of Law & Courts course, which serves as the introductory course the the Department’s pre-law curriculum. He previously held instructional positions at the George Washington University and New York University, where he taught applied politics. In addition the courses listed, Travis is interested in teaching courses on American political institutions, American public law, state and local government, political parties, public policy, and public administration.

Travis earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science from UK (August 2019) and is on track to defend his dissertation in the 2019-2020 academic year. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, Travis earned a Master’s Degree in Political Management from the George Washington University (May 2014) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana (December 2010), and had a successful career as a campaign consultant and legislative staffer.

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