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) and former coordinating editor for American Sociological Review. In Fall 2019, he will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at New Mexico State University.
His research addresses questions related to cultural cognition. In particular, he examines how material conditions, community contexts, and elements of personal culture shape what people and organizations perceive, attend to, and see as worthy of valuation in various social situations. He has used this guiding theoretical interest to study white nationalism in the U.S., attempts at protest innovation, and sense-making with art objects, among other topics in the sociology of culture, politics, and social movements. His research makes use of a wide range of methodological tools, from text mining and network analysis to dimension reduction techniques 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, Socius, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Journal of Classical Sociology, Deviant Behavior, and the Stata Journal.