Dr. Travis N. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky, with a focus on public opinion, state judicial elections, and criminal justice policy. During the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Taylor will be a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Taylor’s current research focuses on the policy implications of public opinion and judicial elections 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, he 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, Dr. Taylor is actively engaged in the teaching of politics. During the Fall 2020 semester, Dr. Taylor will teach American Government (PS101), Politics of Law and Courts (PS360), and Judicial Politics (PS463G). He previously held instructional positions at the George Washington University and New York University, where he taught graduate-level coursed in applied politics, and at the University of Kentucky, were he taught undergraduate courses in American politics, including American Government, Politics of Law & Courts, Political Campaigns & Elections, and Internships in Government. In addition the courses listed, Dr. Taylor is interested in teaching courses on American political institutions, American public law, state and local government, political parties, public policy, and public administration.

In addition to the Ph.D., Dr. Taylor holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from UK (August 2019), 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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