Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Research Associate
Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Portrait of Jessica Taylor

Currently on leave.

Jessica Taylor is a Research Associate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is a linguistic anthropologist who works in the intersections of anthropology, media studies, and gender studies. Much of her research has focussed on the social organization of media production, in particular the work of romance writers in Canada and the United States. Her most recent piece on that research is the 2018 paper “Animating creative selves: Pen names as property in the careers of Canadian and American romance writers,” published in American Ethnologist. She has also published on mommy bloggers, gender, race, and accent in the arrival of sound film in the US, and Orientalism in sheikh romances. She is also currently working on a project on the media coverage of Uber in Winnipeg, Manitoba in collaboration with Sheri Gibbings at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jessica received her PhD in Anthropology and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. Before arriving at Harvard, she taught a variety of subjects at the University of Toronto, including anthropology, language and diversity, and media studies.

Courses Taught in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
WOMGEN 1235 Gender and Language

Contact Information

1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138


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