Professor Taylor's primary focus involves developing communicative explanations of security-related topics and issues. This focus has evolved from his research over 25 years on media and communication associated with U.S. nuclear weapons development in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Currently, Professor Taylor is working on projects involving the role of simulation, imitation, and mutual adaptation in the post-9/11 culture of U.S. homeland security.
communication theory, cultural studies, qualitative research methods, nuclear weapons, national security, security studies
COMM 3610 - Communication, Technology, and Society
Presents theory, research, and exploration into computer-based technologies; studies implications for communication, interaction, and social relationships. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 4600 - Seminar: Organizational Communication
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and organizational decision making, organizational culture, gender relations, communication technology, and power and control in organizations. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Same as COMM 5600.
COMM 5610 - Organizational Ethnography
Focuses on the historical influence of the ethnographic tradition in organizational communication studies. Reviews landmark studies of organizational culture and power/control, emphasizing issues of ethics and politics associated with the writing and reading of organizational ethnography. Reviews trends in contemporary organizing such as neoliberal globalization and the adoption of artificial intelligence, and their implications for the future of ethnography.
COMM 6030 - Qualitative Research Methods
Introduction to the epistemology, methodology, and representational practices associated with qualitative communication research. Fieldwork methods emphasized include participant observation, interviewing, and document/artifact analysis.
PACS 3800 - Security Studies
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Provides an introduction to the academic field of Security Studies. Focuses on motives, institutions and processes associated with societal defense against threats posed to cherished possessions and the pursuit of stable, autonomous and prosperous existence. Reviews related theoretical traditions associated with militarism, war and conflict. Covers key concerns of (in-)security in post 9/11 global society, including surveillance, terrorism, genocide and insurgency. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Similar to PSCI 3123.