Marshall Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also an affiliate in the Center for the Study of Social Movements (CSSM), a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and coordinating editor for American Sociological Review. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Marshall earned a M.A. in Sociology from The University of Memphis (2014) and a B.S. in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University (2012).
His research rests at the intersection of culture and cognition, sociological theory, social movements, and computational social science. Generally speaking, he is interested in cultural cognition—particularly in how material conditions, structural environments, and cultural contexts condition how, when, and why protesters and social movement organizations draw attention to certain grievances at the exclusion of others. This guiding interest has motivated and informed a number of projects, including studies of dual-process models of attention and sense-making during attempts at protest innovation, shame-pride schemas in white nationalist music, the discursive constraints of micro-level racial formation schemas, the cognitive and socioemotional dynamics of macro-level cultural change, dual-process models of cognition in cultural theory, and the intersections between cultural sociology and cognitive neuroscience, among others. His research makes use of a wide range of methodological tools, from text mining and network analysis to historical methods and traditional statistical modeling.
In his dissertation, he examines the contextual, cultural, and social-psychological mechanisms accounting for the distribution of attention of white nationalist organizations (WNOs) in the U.S. South to specific grievances and to other members of their social movement field. His current and forthcoming work can be found in outlets such as Sociological Theory, Poetics, Journal of Classical Sociology, and Deviant Behavior.