Dr. Taylor is recognized for her research on the legacy of Hume and the enlightenment period. Dr. Taylor examines what 18th century thinkers called the science of human nature, which calls on scholars to develop a collaborative approach across different academic disciplines. In 2006, she received a fellowship from the National Foundation for the Humanities to work on the early stages of her book, Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy and Society in Hume’s Philosophy.
Her work aims to highlight how emotions and empathy are structured by particular social conditions. Dr. Taylor's research also displays the vital application of timeless humanity concepts to contemporary ethical issues. Her examination leads to one's own responsibility to effectively act as an agent of moral consciousness.