historian + writer
Taylor M. Moore is a historian of the Modern Middle East, specializing in nineteenth- and early twentieth- century Egypt. She is an Assistant Professor of History at The University of California, Santa Barbara where she is teaching and writing her first book, Amulet Tales: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Egypt. She is also a Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.
Taylor's broader research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, decolonial materiality, and histories of science, technology, medicine, and the occult in the non-West. Her work is invested in illuminating the occult(ed) networks, economies, and actors whose knowledge, bodies, and labor are generally rendered invisible in Eurocentric histories of global science.
Born and raised in southern Louisiana, Taylor received her Ph.D. in History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds a dual BA in Honors Political Science and Sociology from the American University in Cairo. Taylor’s research has been funded by The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, the Social Science Research Council, and the Council for American Overseas Research Centers.
In addition to her writing and research, Taylor has worked as an editor for the Arab Studies Journal and History of Anthropology Review. She works intimately with ethnographic collections, and intends to curate her own exhibit in the near future. Outside of the academy, Taylor is a semi-professionally trained vocalist specializing in late Renaissance polyphonic and early baroque music. She most recently performed with the early music collegium, Aura Polyphonica. She enjoys singing, as well as reading and writing horror/speculative fiction.