Durahn Taylor

Durahn Taylor

Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Economics, History, and Political Science
Choate House


Faculty Bio

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.

Awards and Honors

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

Licensures and Certificates

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


BA, Columbia University, New York City

MA, American University

PhD, Columbia University, New York City

Research and Creative Works

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

Courses Taught

Past Courses

HIS 112: US Civilization Since 1877
HIS 113: Amrcn Divrsty, Ethncty, Race
HIS 132: Africa: A Historical Survey
HIS 196: Topic: Coping With Hard Times
HIS 196: Topic: U.S. Econ Downturns
HIS 224: U.S. History Thrgh Pop Fntsy
HIS 250: Cvc Engmnt, His, & Pop Cltre
HIS 260: Constitutional History of U.S.
HIS 264: American Presidency 1900-Prsnt
HIS 271: Culture/History -Black America
HIS 271: Culture/History-Black America
HIS 310: U.S. in Era of FDR 1929-1945
HIS 380: Seminar on Historiography
HIS 395: Independent Study in History
HIS 499: Senior Year Experience in His

Publications and Presentations


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

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Historical Association