Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Christopher Taylor focuses his research on the hemispheric Americas in the 19th century. While the British West Indies is his primary area of focus, he is interested in how these islands were linked to worlds beyond the boundaries of the British Empire. Working at the edges of economic history, political theory, and literary studies, Taylor studies how West Indian creoles drew on the ideas and texts that circulated through these entangled worlds to develop norms and model polities opposed to slavery, economic liberalism, and expansionist imperialism.
His publications include “The Limbs of Empire: Ahab, Santa Anna, and Moby-Dick,” published in American Literature, and “Sharing Time: C. L. R. James and Southern Agrarian Movements,” published in Social Text.
Taylor holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English and American literature with highest honors from New York University. He received an award for the Best Graduate Essay on American Literature (2011), as well as the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students (2010).
Taylor joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.