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Durahn Taylor

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Economics, History, and Political Science

Location
  • @Pleasantville
    Choate House
Office Hours
Westchester

Biography


Dr. Durahn Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in History from American University, and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. His research explores the political dynamics between government leaders and disadvantaged groups, such as ethnic and racial minorities. Dr. Taylor teaches African-American History, American Presidential and Constitutional History, Post-Civil War United States History, and the history of American Ethnic and Race Relations. A licensed New York City Sight-Seeing Guide, Dr. Taylor has also created and produced his own history television program in White Plains, New York.

Education


BA , Columbia University , New York City
History

MA , American University
History

PhD , Columbia University , New York City
History

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, May 17, 2013 - Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Who's Who, December 2008 - Induction into Who's Who
  • Future Educators Association, Pace University, May 4, 2008 - Faculty Honoree Certificate of Recognition
  • Pace University, September 1, 2005 - Reception of Tenure
  • Columbia University, May 1997 - Dissertation Merit Fellowship
  • Leadership Alliance, May 1997 - Irene Diamond Dissertation Fellowship
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, May 1996 - Grant-In-Aid
  • Phi Alpha Theta, May 1993 - Election to Phi Alpha Theta
  • Phi Kappa Phi, May 1993 - Election to Phi Kappa Phi
  • The American University, Washington, DC, April 15, 1993 - Office of Multicultural Affairs Distinguished Scholar Recognition
  • The American University, Washington, DC, May 1991 - Dean's Scholarship and Graduate Teaching Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa, May 1990 - Election to Phi Beta Kappa
  • Columbia University, May 1986 - Joseph Pulitzer Scholarship

LICENSURES & CERTIFICATES

  • New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, July - Sightseeing Guide
    License to conduct tours within the City of New York

Publications


Taylor, D. Review of Pulpit & Politics:Separation of Church & State by Marvin McMickle. Vol 102

Taylor, D. "Publicizing the Fight: Long Island's Influence in the Struggle against Infantile Paralysis, 1933-1955". Long Island History Journal.

Taylor, D. "Thy Servant Franklin: How the Hudson Valley Shaped the Faith of Franklin D. Roosevelt". Hudson River Valley Review.

Taylor, D. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). “From Hyde Park to Harlem: The Emergence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Black Constituency in New York City,”. Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. Vol 37 (Issue 1) , pages Article: 67 pages. Journal: over 180 pages.

PRESENTATIONS


Taylor, D. (2015, October). "Counting the Cost: America and the Vietnam War". Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, New York

Taylor, D. (2013, July 13). Race, Class and Violence: The New York Draft Riots of 1863. New York State Museum, Albany, New York

Taylor, D. (2013, June). Race, Class and Violence: The New York Draft Riots of 1863. Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, New York University, Manhattan, New York

Taylor, D. (2013, April). Race, Class and Violence: The New York Draft Riots of 1863. King Manor Museum, and New York Council for the Humanities, St. John's University, Queens, New York

RESEARCH INTEREST


African-American Political History History of Harlem, New York The Great Depression and World War II The Careers of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt United States Popular Culture

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • "Early Generations and First Steps: A Talk with Professor Ja'nell Ajani" [TV], June 25 2015
    A two-part interview with a professor of mass communication and society about the struggles encountered by members of under-represented groups in higher education, both as students and later on as higher education professionals.
  • RNN President's Day Panel Appearance: "The First 44" [TV], February 13 2015
    As a member of a panel of experts in Presidential History, I discussed the political concerns surrounding Presidential military decisions, the recent portrayals of Presidents on television documentaries and motion pictures, and the potential legacies of the Obama Administration.
  • Studies In Time website [Internet], January 2015
    This website, which I launched in 2015, examines contemporary developments in the light of our historical experience. My website can be reached at www.studiesintime.com
  • "Quick Stories in Time: Black History Month" [TV], February 2012
    A series of brief episodes of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor", co-hosted with Dinetta Sprolling, a Pace University graduate pursuing her Master's Degree in Urban Studies, examining various items in everyday life that were invented by African-Americans. These episodes were created and broadcast to celebrate Black History Month.
  • "What Next? The Reinvention of the March of Dimes" [TV], February 2010
    An Episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". A follow-up interview with the March of Dimes' archivist, exploring how the organization reinvented itself following the development of the polio vaccine, to become a leading agency in the fight against birth defects.
  • "Show me the Coin: Black History and the Presidency: A Two-Sided Legacy" [TV], February 2009
    A two-episode broadcast of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". An examination of how some of our most famous Presidents had both positive and negative sides to their legacies where black people were concerned, and how the limits of Presidential power ought to temper people's expectations of the (then incoming) Obama Administration.
  • "Don't Panic: Fear, Faith, and America's Financial History." [TV], November 2008
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". An analysis of the emotional and psychological underpinnings of financial downturns, exploring how these factors helped lead to the Great Depression of the 1930s, and exploring how faith was a crucial factor in the recovery from the Depression. This episode also applies the lessons of the Depression era to the post-2008 economic recession.
  • "Walking Out of Darkness: The Story of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention" [TV], June 2008
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". A look at how suicidal thoughts haunted such famous historical figures as Abraham Lincoln, and an interview with two leaders of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its Out of the Darkness Walks program, exploring the organization's history and its current efforts to educate people about emotional depression.
  • "Knowing our Neighbors: A Talk with Ja'Nell Nequeva" [TV], April 2008
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". An interview with a White Plains photographer about her travels through Africa, exploring how the impressions that Africans have of United States residents can often be just as mistaken as the impressions that Americans may have about residents of Africa. Through travel, photography, and other means of getting to see each other as we really are, the photographer explained how residents of both continents can get to understand each other better, as citizens of a wider community of neighbors across the globe.
  • "Stones that the Builders Rejected: Harry Truman, African-Americans, and the 1948 Election" [TV], February 2008
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor".an analysis of how and why President Harry Truman adopted an aggressive civil rights program before and during the election of 1948, and how that helped bring about his surprise electoral victory that year. This episode argues that in order for electoral politics to be useful for marginalized groups, politicians need to take more risks and offer something to marginalized citizens, and those citizens in turn need to have something to offer to the politicians.
  • "Nothing New Under the Sun: The Legacy of World War I" [TV], June 2007
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". A comparison between the challenges Americans faced during the World War I era and the challenges Americans face in the post-9/11 era. Included is a dramatic look at the arms race that took place before and during World War I, and at the terrifying new weapons that were developed as a result.
  • “Blessing the Children: A Talk with David Rose of the March of Dimes” [TV], April 2007
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". An interview with the March of Dimes' archivist, exploring the history of the organization's victories over polio and other diseases.
  • “Stories in Art: A Conversation with Artist and Educator Robin J. Miller” [TV], March 2007
    A two-episode broadcast of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". An interview with an educator whose works of visual art depict the history of the African-American experience.
  • "Bad Housebuilding: Riots, Race, and the People of New York" [TV], February 2007
    An episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor". A look at how the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II exposed faults in New York City's social structure, leading to the Draft Riots of 1863 and the Harlem Riots of 1935 and 1943.
  • "Frankin and Eleanor Roosevelt: Serving 'The Least of These"" [TV], December 2006
    Episode of "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor" An examination of the private struggles of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how those struggles inspired each of them to devote their careers to helping other sufferers throughout the world.
  • Television Series Created and First Episode Recorded: "Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor" [TV], December 28 2006
    Television Series Creator, Producer, Scripter, and Host of “Stories in Time, with Durahn Taylor” White Plains Cable Television, Westchester County, New York In December 2006 I created and launched my own history television program, which is broadcast on public-access cable television in White Plains, New York (Channel 76). The program deals with a different event in history on each episode, dramatizing it with reenactments, music, and other presentations, bringing to life not just the historical story itself, but also the relevant contemporary lessons that a viewer can learn from it. Each individual episode, beginning with the December 2006 debut episode and extending through February 2012, is described in its own separate entry on this Media Contributions Activities Database.
  • MetroStudios Request Television, guest appearance, Manhattan, New York [TV], March 2006
    I appeared on a local internet-broadcasted television program in Manhattan entitled, “The New Yorkers,” hosted by James Chladek and John V. Barbieri. MetroStudios' programming focuses on addressing the issues facing immigrant communities. On the “New Yorkers” program I discussed how issues of economic opportunity for immigrant communities influenced such positive events as the founding of Pace University in 1906, as well as such negative events as the New York City Draft Riots of 1863.
  • The Journal News, Westchester County, New York [Newspaper], November 11 2004
    I published an opinion piece about the legacy of World War I and the parallels between that era and our own post-9/11 world. The article appeared in The Journal News, the local newspaper of Westchester County, New York, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2004.
  • The Journal News, Westchester County, New York [Newspaper], July 14 2004
    I published an opinion piece examining the social roots of urban violence, comparing Paris during the French Revolution with New York City during the Civil War draft riots. The article appeared in The Journal News, the local newspaper of Westchester County, New York, on Bastille Day, July 14, 2004.
  • White Plains Cable Television guest appearance, Westchester County, New York [TV], June 2003
    I appeared on a local cable television program in White Plains entitled, “Community Connections,” hosted by Lorraine Buonocunto of the Greater White Plains Council of Community Services, Inc. On the program I discussed the history of the relationship between immigrant ethnic groups and political party machines in New York City.
  • The Journal News, Westchester County, New York [Newspaper], July 23 2002
    I appeared with my “American Experience” class at Pace University in a special story concerning “A Day in the Life of Pleasantville,” published in The Journal News, the local newspaper of Westchester County, New York, on July 23, 2002.
  • The Journal News, Westchester County, New York [Newspaper], July 2 2002
    I published an opinion piece on the historical significance of the second of July in the story of American independence and why it has been overshadowed by the fourth of July. The article appeared in The Journal News, the local newspaper of Westchester County, New York, on July 2, 2002.
  • Radio Station WLIB, 1190 AM, New York, New York [Radio], October 1996
    As a guest on the "House Calls" radio program with Dr. Gerald W. Deas, I urged listeners, particularly those who belonged to ethnic minority groups, to vote during the 1996 election season.
  • Radio Station WLIB, 1190 AM, New York, New York [Radio], February 1996
    As a guest on the "House Calls" radio program with Dr. Gerald W. Deas during Black History Month 1996, I publicized Simon & Schuster Macmillan's recently published Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, to which I had contributed several articles.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association of University Professors , January 2009
    A leading organization that analyzes trends affecting, and provides support for, the university faculty community throughout the United States
  • American Historical Association , January 1999
    A leading academic organization of historians

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Buildings, Management, and Space Allocation [Committee Member]
    Desc: This Committee, of which I was the founding chair, exists for the purpose of facilitating interaction between Faculty and the various departments relating to buildings and grounds, so that the work of each can proceed more smoothly.
  • University Calendar Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: This is a committee that coordinates with the Scheduling Department when the academic calendar begins, ends, and has days off each year.
  • Buildings, Management and Space Allocation [Committee Chair]
    Desc: This Committee, of which I was the founding chair, exists for the purpose of facilitating interaction between Faculty and the various departments relating to buildings and grounds, so that the work of each can proceed more smoothly.
  • Heritage Subcommittee, 50th Anniversary of Pleasantville Campus Commemoraton Committee. [Committee Member]
    Desc: As a member of this subcommittee, I was instrumental in arranging for my Columbia University doctoral thesis advisor, Dr. Kenneth T. Jackson, to give a public address at our campus as the academic highlight of the anniversary celebration.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: On April 7,2014, Dr. Jackson came to campus and gave his address: "The Ideal Suburb: The Evolution of Westchester County in the 20th Century," followed by an energetic question-and-answer session about that topic.
  • Dean's Review Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: This was a committee to reconsider the reappointment of the current Dean of Dyson College in 2013. Although most facts about the committee's work are and must remain confidential, I can report that I was one of the two members tasked with putting all the questionnaire interview data into a first draft report. Much of my language remained in subsequent drafts (done by other pairs of team members) and in the final product. Moreover, I was part of the team to interview students on the Pleasantville campus who wished to ask questions or add comments above and beyond what they were able to express in the initial questionnaires.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: The work of the Committee ultimately resulted in the reappointment of Dr. Nira Herrmann as Dean of Dyson College.
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