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Alan Shaw Taylor

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
485 Nau Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.d.: American History, Brandeis University, 1986.
Family and Community History Summer Training Institute in Quantitative History, Newberry Library, 1981.
B.A.: History, Colby College, 1977.
AS-HIST Harmsworth Professorship at Oxford for Alan Taylor
Source: The University of Oxford
August 25, 2016 – August 24, 2017
HIUS 2001: American History to 1865
Credits: 4
Studies the development of the colonies and their institutions, the Revolution, the formation and organization of the Republic, and the coming of the Civil War.
HIUS 3031: The Era of the American Revolution
Credits: 3
Studies the growth of ideas and institutions that led to American independence, the creation of a union, and a distinct culture.
HIUS 3051: The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1845
Credits: 3
Studies the history of the United States during the early national and middle periods, including political, constitutional, social and economic developments as well as the westward movement.
HIUS 3261: History of the American West
Credits: 3
The course examines the relationships of environment and culture and of native and settler peoples in transforming North America west of the Mississippi River, 1750 to present. We will explore the expansion of the United States; its environmental consequences; and the emergence of a mythic culture casting violence as heroic.
HIUS 4501: Seminar in United States History
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIUS 7021: Comparative Cultural Encounters in North America, 1492-1800
Credits: 3
This course examines Spanish, French, Dutch, and British encounters with the native peoples of North America during the initial centuries of colonization: 1492-1800. It combines the "Atlantic" approach to early America with a "Continental" approach that accords dynamism and agency to native peoples in their interplay with colonizers.
HIUS 7041: The Early American Republic, 1783-1830
Credits: 3
Reading and discussion in national political history from 1789 to 1815.
HIST 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
HIST 8999: Research in History
Credits: 1–12
For master's essay and other research carried out prior to advancement to candidacy, taken under the supervision of the student's adviser.
HIUS 9021: Tutorial in Transnational US History
Credits: 3
Seminar rethinks United States history (18th century-present) by moving beyond the geographical boundaries of the nation. Thematic readings focus on way in which transnational and comparative scholarship is reshaping American historiography. Our goal is to better understand how assumptions and certainties of 'America' have been called into question by transnational history. Course is intended to help prepare students for general exams.
HIST 9961: Supervised Reading
Credits: 3
Graduate study of the historiography of a particular topic or historical period, equivalent to a graduate-level colloquium course. Prerequisites: Approval of director of graduate studies or department chair.
HIST 9962: General Exam Preparation
Credits: 3
In this course, students will prepare for the general examination under the guidance of a faculty examiner. During the course, the student will identify relevant readings; complete and review those readings; and explore the larger questions raised by those readings and their fields more generally.
HIST 9964: Master's Essay Revision
Credits: 3
This course is intended for PhD candidates to revise their master's essays for publication under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty. It is typically taken in first semester of the second year of study.
HIST 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 3–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

During the 2016-2017 academic year he will serve as the Harmsworth Professor at the University of Oxford

Douglas Southall Freeman Visiting Professor, University of Richmond (2010)

U. C. Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement (2002)

Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award (2002)