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Amanda Taylor Asst. VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion AA

Additional Positions at AU
Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service
Doctorate of Education, Harvard University
Master of Education, Harvard University
Master of Teaching, University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia

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Dr. Taylor's research and teaching focus on the intersection of culture, power, and education in domestic and international contexts. She earned her doctorate of education and her master's in education at Harvard University, where her dissertation focused on antiracist educational policy implementation. Her research on antiracist education and transnational and multicultural community organizing for educational justice has been published in top peer-reviewed journals and presses including the Harvard Educational Review, Oxford University Press, and the Peabody Journal of Education.
She is currently serving as Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at AU, where she works to collaboratively implement the university’s plan for inclusive excellence. Dr. Taylor is also a faculty member in the School of International Service, where she served as Program Director of the MA in Intercultural and International Communication. She has won several awards for her student mentorship and teaching, which focuses on cross-cultural communication, international education, and culturally responsive program design. She is a faculty fellow at AU's Antiracist Research and Policy Center and also served as the inaugural Faculty Fellow for AU’s Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning where she developed and co-led several faculty learning communities focused on building culturally sustaining classrooms. She began her career as a K-12 teacher in urban, rural, and international schools, and served as the Director of Graduate Enrollment Management in SIS. Along with her supportive partner, Dr. Taylor is the proud mom of two kids who keep her busy and humble.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Taylor, A. (2017). Expanding the Frame: Building Transnational Alliances for Racial and Educational Justice. Peabody Journal of Education, 1-20.

Taylor, A. (2017). Putting Race on the Table: How Teachers Make Sense of the Role of Race in Their Practice. Harvard Educational Review87(1), 50-73.

Taylor, A., Kuttner, P., Westmoreland, H. (2011). Cement Between the Bricks: Building New Schools in New York City. In M. Warren and K. Mapp (eds.) A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform. Oxford University Press.

Frankenberg, E., Merseth, K. & Taylor, A. (May 2010). Walking the Walk: Teacher candidates' professed commitment to urban teaching and their subsequent career decisions. Urban Education, 45(3): 312-346.

Taylor, A., & Frankenberg, E. (July 2009). Exploring urban commitment of graduates from an urban-focused teacher education program. Equity & Excellence in Education, 42(3): 327-346.

Taylor, A. (2008). Teaching and Transcending Basic Skills. In M. Pollock (ed.) Everyday Antiracism: Getting real about race in school (pp. 86-90). New York: New Press.


Research Interests

International education, cross-cultural communication, race and education, community organizing for school reform, critical race theory, education policy implementation, intercultural leadership, qualitative research methods.