Durahn Taylor

Durahn Taylor

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

Biography

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

Education

BA, Columbia University, New York City
History

MA, American University
History

PhD, Columbia University, New York City
History

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

Publications

Review of Pulpit & Politics:Separation of Church & State by Marvin McMickle
Vol 102

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

Review of Willie K. Vanderbilt II: A Biography, by Steven H. Gittelman
(2012). Vol 23 (Issue 1)

“The New Negro and New York Politics, 1898-1933,”
(2011, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. Vol 35 (Issue 1) , pages Article: 40 pages. Journal: over 132 pages.

Review of Jones Beach: An Illustrated History, by John Hanc
(2008). Vol 63

Historical Consultant for Kids Discover Magazine issue on "The Great Depression"
(2006, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Kids Discover Magazine. Vol 16 (Issue 4)

Review of African Americans in Northport: An Untold Story, by Thelma Jackson
(2004). Vol 17 (Issue 1)

“Bill-O and the Fox: Linkage and Leverage in Postwar Harlem Politics, 1945-1950”
(2003, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. Vol 27 (Issue 2) , pages Article: 20 pages. Journal: over 135 pages.

“The Men Who Make the Guns: Comic Strips, War Profiteers and the Munitions Industry, 1924-1945”
(2000, November). The Mid-Atlantic Almanack: Journal of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association. Vol 9 , pages Article: 15 pages. Journal: 148 pages.

Article on "St. Clair Drake" in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Second Edition, 1986-1990
(1999). (Issue Second Edition)

Articles in the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
(1996).

Review of Mr. Truman’s War: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World, by J. Robert Moskin
(1996, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)).

Presentations

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

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

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

Race, Class and Violence: The New York Draft Riots of 1863
(2013, April). King Manor Museum, and New York Council for the Humanities,

Race, Class and Violence: The New York Draft Riots of 1863
(2012, March). SUNY Orange, and New York Council for the Humanities,

Race, Class and Violence: The New York Draft Riots of 1863
(2011, October). Southeast Museum and New York Council for the Humanities,

From Hyde Park to Harlem: The Emergence of FDR’s Black Constituency in New York City,”
(2011, June). Annual Conference , New York State Historical Association. New York State Historical Association,

“From Hyde Park to Harlem: The Emergence of FDR’s Black Constituency in New York City”
(2009, April). Annual Conference, New York State Political Science Association. New York State Political Science Association,

“Money, Munitions, and the Media: The Weapons Industry and American Culture, 1945-1961”
(2007, November). Annual Conference, Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association. Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association,

“War Without, War Within: America’s Struggle With Wartime Racism, 1943”
(2003, June). Conference on World War II, Siena Research Institute. Siena Research Institute,

"Harlem Learns the Game: Electoral Politics and Community Strategy in the FDR Era"
(2003, April). Gotham Center Panel: "Recent Historical Scholarship on Harlem" . Gotham Center for New York City History,

The Men Who Make the Guns: Comic Strips, War Profiteers, and the Munitions Industry, 1924-1945"
(2000, November). Annual Conference, Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association. Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Historical Association