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Charles L. Taylor

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus
Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus

Department of Political Science
531 Major Williams Hall (0130)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Professor Taylor is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Taylor's areas of research and teaching interest include cross-national political analysis, comparative politics, and Western European politics. His 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
  • PhD, Yale University
  • MA, Yale University
  • BA, Carson Newman College
  • Past Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science
  • Past 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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