Dr. Taylor joined the Department of History in August 2016 as an associate professor. He previously lectured in Chinese Studies at the University of Sheffield, and at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham.
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, the European Research Council 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.
The cultural history of wartime 'collaboration' in Asia; Chinese media and popular culture in Cold War Southeast Asia; Chiang Kai-shek; propaganda and personality cults in China; maritime and port heritage in the Chinese-speaking world.
Dr Taylor teaches undergraduate modules on modern Chinese history.
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 the PI on the ERC-funded project 'Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia' (COTCA), to the value of over 1.8 million euros. This project will examine how foreign occupation has… read more
Dr Taylor is the PI on the ERC-funded project 'Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia' (COTCA), to the value of over 1.8 million euros. This project will examine how foreign occupation has shaped cultural expression in modern Asia, from visual, sonic and spatial perspectives.
In addition, Dr Taylor is PI on a British Academy International Mobility and Partnership project entitled 'Cultures of the Chinese Cold War in British Southeast Asia, 1949-1963', which examines the cultural dimension of Chinese language popular culture in Southeast Asia during the Cold War years.
Dr Taylor is also PI on an AHRC-funded Research Network entitled 'China Ports: History, Heritage and Development'. This network seeks to explore how maritime heritage is being managed, conserved and interpreted in Chinese port cities, and in the context of a burgeoning marine economy in China today.
From 2012 to 2013, Dr Taylor ran the AHRC-funded project Enemy of the People: Visual Depictions of Chiang Kai-shek. The project involved an exploration of the continuities in the ways in which Chiang Kai-shek has been visually denigrated by various groups across the twentieth century, and into the 2000s.
He is also the author of Rethinking Transnational Chinese Cinemas: The Amoy-dialect Film Industry in Cold War Asia, as well as numerous articles on cultural production in the southern Fujianese (Hokkien) dialect.