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John A. Taylor

Professor Emeritus

Britain and Colonial United States


Courses (with links to syllabi)

History of the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution

American Intellectual History

History 111b, Western Civilization (doc)

History 401 002, Historical Research

History 408a, England, 1485 to 1714

History 408b, England, 1715 to 1867 (doc)

History 408c England, 1867 to The Present

History 400 002 Diana Princess Of Wales (doc)

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) 2012-

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Instructor in English 1969; Instructor in History, 1970; Assistant Professor of History, 1972; Associate Professor of History 1976; Professor of History 1996; Professor of History Emeritus 2009.

Fulbright Scholar 2004-2005 at Smolny College, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

Visiting Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo, 2000

Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Japan 1999-2000 (primary affiliation, University of Tokyo and secondary affiliation, International Christian University, Tokyo)

Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 1984

Member, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, 1969, 1976

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1965

Book Publications

How the Internet Exposed the Private Lives of the Royal Family: The Marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2011.

British Empiricism and Early Political Economy: Gregory King's 1696 Estimates of National Wealth and Population. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Press, 2005.

Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Press, 2000.

William Covel, A Just and Temperate Defense of the Five Books of Ecclesiastical Polity. First published 1603, republished with an introduction by John A. Taylor. Lewiston, N.Y: Mellen Press, 1998.

Popular Literature and the Construction of British National Identity 1707-1850. San Francisco: International Scholars Publications, 1997.

British Monarchy, English Church Establishment, and Civil Liberty. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Other Selected Academic Publications

"Gregory King," in Donald Rutherford, ed., Dictionary of British Economists (Bristol, England: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004).

"The American Revolution as a Topic of Study in Japan," Pacific and American Studies, 1 (March 2001), pp. 203-207.

"Jonathan Edwards and the Tenth Federalist," Humanities, Christianity and Culture 32 (March 2001), pp.127-134. Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.

"Gregory King's Analysis of Clerical Livings for John Chamberlayne and the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty," The Historical Journal, 39, 1 (1996), pp. 241-48.

"The American Revolution," CD-Rom, American Journey. Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Media, 1995.

"Massachusetts in the American Revolution 1775-1783," in The American Revolution, An Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Blanco. New York: Garland, 1993.

"Francis Jeffrey," Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 33 (1992), pp. 348-353.

Journalism and Other Work

" Russia Will Solve Its Own Political Problems," The Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), 26 December 2011

"Hurricane Katrina and the Great Flood of 1824," The Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), 11 September 2005.

"Afghanistan: Long Live the King," St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Saint Louis, Missouri), 5 November 2001.

"Fiscal Stimulus Necessary in Crisis," The Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), 28 October 2001.

"Terrorism Has Parallel in English Piracy," The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo, Japan), 23 October, 2001.


Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (2011)

Book Projects in Hand

British Monarchy and the Future of Anglicanism

Pearls and Vermin: How British and American Stereotypes Harm Russia

Ph.D. Thesis

"Concerning Literary Popularity, Its Theory and Practice in England from 1794 to 1844" (University of Chicago, 1972).


Ph.D. 1972 University of Chicago

M.A. 1966 University of Chicago

B.A. Magna Cum Laude 1965 Washington University (St Louis, Missouri)

*Photograph courtesy of Manis Photography, Wood River, IL 2010

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