Dr. Taylor joined the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies as an associate professor in September 2012. He previously lectured in Chinese Studies at the University of Sheffield. Dr Taylor holds a PhD in history from the Australian National University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society and the Higher Education Academy. He works on the modern cultural, social and political history of East and Southeast Asia, and his research, on topics ranging from Diasporic film history to modern personality cults, has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and other organisations. He is the author of Rethinking Transnational Chinese Cinemas: The Amoy-dialect Film Industry in Cold War Asia (Routledge 2011), as well as various articles in leading Area Studies and History journals. At SCCS, Dr Taylor also serves as the Senior Tutor.
The cultural history of wartime 'collaboration'; popular entertainment in Hokkien (Amoy dialect); Chiang Kai-shek; propaganda and personality cults
Dr Taylor is currently convening the following modules
- The Rise of Modern China
- Chinese Film and Literature
Dr Taylor has supervised PhD dissertations on a range of topics, including comic books in Mao's China; pan-Asianism in the Japanese-occupied Philippines; Chinese immigration to colonial-era Singapore; and Sino-German relations during WWII. He is happy to supervise PhD projects in the broad field of modern Asian cultural history.
Dr Taylor is currently working on the cultural history of Japanese-occupied China in the early 1940s.
In addition, Dr Taylor has recently been awarded a British Academy International Mobility and Partnership Grant for a project entitled 'Cultures of the Chinese Cold War in British Southeast Asia, 1949-1963'. Working with Dr Xu Lanjun at the National University of Singapore, Dr Taylor will be running this 3-year project from December 2015 onwards.
TAYLOR, J. E., 2016. Gendered Archetypes of Wartime Occupation: ‘New Women’ in Occupied North China, 1937-40 Gender & History. 28(3), 1-61 (In Press.)