Scott D Taylor


Professor and Director of the African Studies Program
Director, African Studies Program


Faculty - SFS
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Scott Taylor’s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of African politics and political economy, with a particular emphasis on business-state relations, private sector development, governance, and political and economic reform. His articles have appeared in a number of political science and area studies journals. He is also the author of four books: Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation (with Gretchen Bauer); Culture and Customs of Zambia; Business and the State in Southern Africa: The Politics of Economic Reform; and Globalization and the Cultures of Business in Africa: From Patrimonialism to Profit. Professor Taylor has served as consultant for numerous organizations, including USAID, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Carter Center. He has resided in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and traveled widely throughout the continent. Professor Taylor has also served as an election observer in a number of African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ghana, and Liberia.


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  • AB (1987) Dartmouth College, Government
  • MA () Emory University, Political Science
  • Ph.D. () Emory University, Political Science