Marshall Taylor

Marshall  Taylor

Areas of Study

Culture and Cognition, Political Sociology/Social Movements, Sociological Theory, Natural Language Processing, Computational Sociology


Marshall Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also an affiliate in the Center for the Study of Social Movements (CSSM) and a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Marshall earned a M.A. in Sociology from The University of Memphis (2014) and a B.S. in Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University (2012).

His research rests at the intersection of culture and cognition, sociological theory, social movements, and computational social science. Generally speaking, he is interested in theorizing and examining the interplay between ecology and cognition in attempts at cultural change—particularly in how material conditions and social structural environments impact how activists, protesters, and social movement organizations draw attention to, articulate, and promote various grievances and social problems. This guiding interest has motivated and informed a number of projects, including studies of shame-pride schemas in white nationalist music, the discursive constraints of micro-level racial formation schemas, the cognitive and socioemotional dynamics of macro-level cultural change, dual-process models of cognition in cultural theory, and the intersections between cultural sociology and cognitive neuroscience, among others.

His dissertation focuses on developing a cognitive theory of the evolution of discursive fields. This work maps the dominant schemas and discourses of the white nationalist discursive field in the U.S. South between 1980 and 2010. His current and forthcoming work can be found in outlets such as Sociological TheoryJournal of Classical SociologyDeviant Behavior, and Cultural Sociology.


Lizardo, Omar, Robert Mowry, Brandon Sepulvado, Dustin Stoltz, Marshall A. Taylor, Justin Van Ness, and Michael Wood. Conditionally Accepted. "What Are Dual Process Models? Implications for Cultural Analysis in Sociology." Sociological Theory.

Taylor, Marshall A. and Carol Rambo. 2015 [2013]. "White Shame, White Pride: Emotional Cultures, Feeling Rules, and Emotion Exemplars in White Supremacist Movement Music." International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law.

Grier, Tiffanie, Carol Rambo, and Marshall A. Taylor. 2014. "'What Are You?': Racial Ambiguity, Stigma, and the Racial Formation Project." Deviant Behavior.

Abrutyn, Seth, Justin Van Ness, and Marshall A. Taylor. Forthcoming 2017. "Collective Action and Cultural Change: Revisiting Eisenstadt's Evolutionary Theory." Journal of Classical Sociology 17(1).


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