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), a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and coordinating editor for American Sociological Review. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Marshall earned an M.A. in Sociology from The University of Memphis (2014) and a B.S. in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University (2012).

His research addresses questions of how culture affects what individual and collective actors perceive, attend to, and evaluate. He is especially interested in how culture impacts cognition in the political sphere. In particular, he examines how material conditions, community contexts, and structural factors influence what protestors and social movement organizations end up perceiving and paying attention to. This guiding interest in cultural cognition has motivated and informed a number of projects, including studies of dual-process models of attention and sense-making during attempts at protest innovation, 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 research makes use of a wide range of methodological tools, from text mining and network analysis to historical methods and traditional statistical modeling.

In his dissertation, he examines the contextual, cultural, and social-psychological mechanisms accounting for the distribution of attention of white nationalist organizations (WNOs) in the U.S. South to specific grievances and to other members of their social movement field. His current and forthcoming work can be found in outlets such as Sociological TheoryPoeticsJournal of Classical SociologyDeviant Behavior, and the Stata Journal.


Taylor, Marshall A. (Forthcoming) “Simulating the Central Limit Theorem.” Stata Journal.

Wood, Michael, Dustin S. Stoltz, Justin Van Ness, and Marshall A. Taylor. Forthcoming. “Schemas and Frames.” Sociological Theory.

Stoltz, Dustin S. and Marshall A. Taylor. 2017. “Paying with Change: The Purposeful Enunciation of Material Culture.” Poetics.

Lizardo, Omar, Robert Mowry, Brandon Sepulvado, Dustin S. Stoltz, Marshall A. Taylor, Justin Van Ness, and Michael Wood. 2016. “What are Dual Process Models? Implications for Cultural Analysis in Sociology.” Sociological Theory34(4):287-310.

Abrutyn, Seth, Justin Van Ness, and Marshall A. Taylor. 2016. “Collective Action and Cultural Change: Revisiting Eisenstadt’s Evolutionary Theory.” Journal of Classical

Sociology 16(4):369-395.

Grier, Tiffanie, Carol Rambo, and Marshall A. Taylor. 2014. “‘What Are You?’: Racial Ambiguity, Stigma, and the Racial Formation Project.” Deviant Behavior 35(12): 1006-1022.

Taylor, Marshall A. and Carol Rambo. 2013. “White Shame, White Pride: Emotional Cultures, Feeling Rules, and Emotion Exemplars in White Supremacist Movement Music.” International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law8(1-2):107-134.

Taylor, Marshall A. 2016. “Can Cultural Sociology be an Interscience?” American Sociological Association Culture Section Newsletter 28(3):8, 24.


sdist: A Stata Module for Simulating the Central Limit Theorem