Dr. Tom Taylor received his PhD in History from the University of Minnesota. Now in his 28rd year at Seattle University he has offered a wide range of courses on modern European and world history, and methodology and historiography. In the past year he has taught “East Meets West” a course that looks at the long and complicated history of cross-cultural exchanges between the West and Asia; “World Travelers/World History” a course that examines how travelers have shaped significant developments in the modern world and “Genocide in World History” which analyses the global scourge of genocide in the 20th C. Besides his work in the History Department his is an affiliated faculty in International Studies and established and directed the Global Awareness Program, a certificate program that integrates academic course work, co-curricular activities and service learning into a complimentary offering for all students at Seattle University.
Currently he is completing a college-level, comprehensive world history text for Pearson Publishing Group that uses travel narratives to explore the significant events that have shaped the human story. These narratives are also utilized to explore key themes in world history methodology and historiography. The text is due to be published in the summer of 2017. He recently held the Gaffney Endowed Chair for Mission and Identity at Seattle University and focused his work on new scholarship emerging on the Jesuits and World History.
Dr. Taylor taught on the Fall 2007 voyage. It was a transformative experience. As a world historian Semester at Sea offered unparalleled opportunities to explore central themes in our human experience through comparative frameworks. And seeing is believing. The ability to literally walk the East West divides of Istanbul or stand on the aiming spot where the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb and think of how that changed the world is something that cannot be experienced in any book or stationary classroom.