- Ph.D., M.P.P., Georgetown University; B.A., Princeton University
Professor Taylor's research and teaching interests include state capacity, corruption, and Latin American political economy. He has lived and worked extensively in Brazil, most recently as a member of the faculty at the University of São Paulo, from 2006 to 2011.
Taylor is the author of Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2008), which was awarded the Brazilian Political Science Association's Victor Nunes Leal Prize for best book, co-editor with Timothy J. Power of Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), and co-editor, with Oliver Stuenkel, of Brazil on the Global Stage: Power, Ideas, and the Liberal International Order (Palgrave, 2015). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of journals, including Comparative Politics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics & Society, Governance, and World Politics.
In 2015, Taylor was a fellow in the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 2016 to 2017, he served as adjunct senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.