Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus
Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus

Department of Political Science
513 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6814 |

Professor Taylor's areas of research and teaching interest include cross-national political analysis, comparative politics, and Western European politics.

Dr. Taylor's current research is a study of the entry of working men and women into the British political system between 1763 and the founding of the Labour Party in 1918.

  • Cross-National Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Indicators of Political Development
  • Aggregate Data Analysis
  • Ph.D. Yale University
  • M.A. Yale University
  • B.A. Carson Newman College
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Former Chair, Department of Political Science
  • Consultant to the U.N. Institute for Training and Research
  • Consultant to the National Archives
  • London Summer Program (1999-2008 Lead Faculty Member)
  • University Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award, 2008
  • Member, Academy of Advising Excellence, since 2008
  • Alumni Award for International Outreach, 2011


Why Governments Grow: Measuring Public Sector Size, Publication of the International Political Science Association (Beverly Hills, Calif.: SAGE, 1983). edited.

The World Handbook of Political Indicators IV, (Columbus, Ohio: Mershon Center for International Studies, The Ohio State University, 2012 – https://sociology.osu/worldhandbook) with J. Craig Jenkins, Marianne Abbott, Thomas V. Maher, and Lindsey Peterson.

Series on Founding Elections in Eastern Europe (with Hans-Dieter Klingemann): Volumes published for Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Albania, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Poland, Latvia and Estonia (1991-2012).

Journal Articles

“Early Presbyterians in Southwest Virginia,” Smithfield Journal, 12 (2010), pp. 1-20.

“Coalition Government Formation in Latvia,” Founding Elections in Latvia, 1993-1995, (eds.) Janis Ikstens and Andris Runcis (Berlin: Sigma, 2011), pp.143-159, with Dmitrijs Osipovs.

“Empirical Data for Theory Development,” Czech Sociological Review 48/6 (December 2012), pp. 1144-1149. 

“Data Quality for Measuring Political Protest and Government Change,” All Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace 2/2 (July 2013), pp. 23-30.

  • Mershon Center grant, October 2000-March 2003, $14,933.
  • Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, from the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations, June 25-July 28, 1991. 
  • National Science Foundation grant to measure cross-national attributes for 1950-1985, $30,000, 1986-1988.

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