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Brian Taylor

Class of 2008
Major/Minor
History
Since graduation, Brian has completed a Master’s Degree in American History at Villanova University.  He is currently a Departmental Fellow/Teaching Assistant in Georgetown University’s History Department.  He recently completed his comprehensive exams, and is at work on his dissertation, which looks at the link between citizenship and military service black soldiers sought to forge during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a focus on black service during the Civil War.  His first article, “A Politics of Service: Black Northerners’ Debate over Enlistment in the American Civil War,” appeared in the December 2012 edition of Civil War History.
In addition to his academic career, Brian has spent time working with various public-history sites since his graduation.  He spent one summer as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park and has done research and participated in training sessions for staff at Independence Hall National Historical Park and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  He has spent his past two summers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History working with its Daily Programs Office to develop and conduct Civil War-related public programming.
He married fellow WAC alumna Diane Swenson ‘08 in October 2012. They live together in downtown Washington, DC.
Campus Involvement

A member of several academic honor societies 

A member and President of Kappa Alpha Order