Taura Taylor holds a B.B.A. Finance degree from Howard University, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Georgia State University. Taura’s research interests are diverse, including: sociology of education, social determinants of health; social movements; and entrepreneurship; all of which converge into her express interest in intersectionality and micro-level resistance. Her dissertation—Hair That Moves: Black Solidarity, Cognitive Pluralism and The Natural Hair Movement—contributes to what we know about everyday social movements. In addition, her study increases sociological knowledge about Black women’s perceptions and ideologies about collective consciousness, collective action, health, and social change.
Taura’s approach to teaching revolves around her belief that college has the potential to foster enlightened citizenship by teaching students how to relate to others as members of a community. Thus, as an instructor, her goal is to facilitate this process by cultivating a learning environment where students value diversity, respect alternative perspectives, challenge their proclivities towards unfounded opinions, and think critically about a myriad of viewpoints and interpretations.