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James Lance Taylor

James Lance Taylor


James Lance Taylor is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned 2011 "Outstanding Academic Title" -Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (January 2012). (Ranked top 3 percent of 25,000 books submitted and top 8 percent of 7,300 actually accepted for review by the American Library Association). He is the Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), an important organization of African American, African, and Afro Caribbean political scientists in the United States.

He is associate professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. His undergraduate degree is from Pepperdine University and his graduate degrees were earned at the University of Southern California (USC). He has taught previously as a Visiting Associate Professor of political science at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain and political science and African American Studies at University of California, Berkeley.

He is co-editor and an author with Katherine Tate (UC Irvine) and Mark Sawyer (UCLA), Something's in the Air: Race and the Legalization of Marijuana (Routledge, 2013), focusing on controversies concerning race and marijuana legalization. Taylor's current research is for a book manuscript, Peoples Temple, Jim Jones, and Black America, which is a study of the Peoples Temple movement and African American political history. Two of his articles on the subject have appeared in recent editions of the Jonestown Report newsletter at San Diego State University. Two additional articles on the Post-Civil Rights era African-American Church and Civil Rights are in production at SUNY Press. He is currently writing a journal article, "A Black Theology of the 'Souls' of W.E.B. Du Bois's Black Folk" in recognition of that book's one-hundred and tenth anniversary (2013).

He serves as a political commentator on U.S. and San Francisco politics on behalf of the University of San Francisco's Media Relations Office. He is a member of the USFFA Policy Board, and current Chair of the Arts Council (committee of College Chairs). Taylor has given public lectures recently at Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and DePauw University (Indiana). He speaks frequently with youth and community groups on issues of education and community empowerment.

Taylor has also served as a policy consultant for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and San Francisco Board of Supervisors. His teaching and research scholarly interests are in religion and politics in the United States, race and ethnic politics, African American political history, social movements, political ideology, law and public policy, and the U.S. Presidency. He lives with his family in Oakland, California.