Monique Taylor is a sociologist by training with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale and Harvard. Her research, teaching, and public speaking stretches from race, inequality, and urban studies to film, food, and pop culture. For the past 15 years, she has lived and worked in the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Recent Projects/Research

  • "The Black Comedian in an Age of 'Post Race,'" Jared Champion and Pete Kunze (eds.), Taking a Stand: American Stand-up Comedians As Public Intellectuals
  • "The Semiotics of Soul Food: Reading Frommer's, Fried Chicken, and the Afro-fusion Delights of Harlem Foodways," Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, International Journal of Travel Writing, volume 4, number 1 (Summer 2015)


  • “Internationalizing Multicultural Issues: Teaching Race/Ethnicity in Palestine,” in R. Lowman (Ed.), Internationalizing Multiculturalism: Expanding Professional Competencies in a Globalized World, APA Books (January 2013)
  • “Inshallah We Trust: Learning About Others, Learning About Oneself,” Head, Heart, & Hands, volume 3, issue 4 (July/August 2011)
  • “Harlem,” International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences (November 2007)
  • Harlem Between Heaven and Hell. University of Minnesota Press (2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Graves Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Council of Learned Societies/Pomona College
  • Donald Loftsgordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching, Occidental College

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