Charles Taylor


Charles Taylor

Professor Emeritus


513 Major Williams Hall




Department Membership

Political Science


  • Cross-National Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Indicators of Political Development
  • Aggregate Data Analysis

Professional Activities

  • 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)


  • Ph.D. Yale University
  • M.A. Yale University
  • B.A. Carson Newman College

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    University Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award, 2008

    Member, Academy of Advising Excellence, since 2008

    Alumni Award for International Outreach, 2011

    Selected Publications


    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.

    Edited Books

    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).


    “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.

    Sponsored Research

    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.

    Additional Information

    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.