Taylor studies interactions between politics, governance, civil society, and security, with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region. She is particularly interested in the role and creation of identity in Rwanda and the implications this has for the political future of the state.
Before joining CAS Taylor spent a year as a Princeton in Africa Fellow with Blue Ventures in southwest Madagascar. There, she worked as the Communications and Program Development Officer on conservation and development issues. Prior to working in Madagascar, she spent two years working in Washington, DC, first with the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and later with the International Rescue Committee working directly with resettled asylum-seekers.
Taylor received her B.A. in international relations and a minor in economics from the University of Southern California. During her undergraduate career she focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and international development and spent a semester abroad at the University of Cape Town. While at UCT she also worked with an advocacy organization that fights for the protection of Zimbabwean migrants and asylum-seekers. She has a dog named Kapiky (peanut in Malagasy), loves geckos and chameleons, and is learning Kinyarwanda.