The Academic

Perpetual Office Hours: Activism and the Academy
A highly sought-after lecturer and an Associate Professor of History for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), West Chester University Campus, I am an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches and studies law, violence, ethnicity, and American culture. I teach interdisciplinary courses that aim to train students to use multiple methodologies when investigating American history, politics, law, and economics.

My teaching converges activism and truth. I am a fan of women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott, suffragist Frederick Douglass, anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, educator Booker T. Washington, civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and more recently, libertarian Friedrich August Hayek. One of my favorite quotes was stated by Lucretia Mott, “If our principles are right, why should we be cowards?” One day, my hope is to have someone evaluate my life and say, “she was one who submitted to the truth, not to authority.” To this end, I teach truth to power and with rigor, which has garnered me fans and detractors. I have learned along the way. I have triumphed and stumbled. I have learned that it is best to be respected than liked. As a person who earned her Ph.D. by full scholarships and fellowships, I have now extended entrepreneurism into my role as a professor.

I have been a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Live and Learn Scholar, Southern Regional Education Scholar, Frederick Douglass Scholar, and Washington State University Summer Scholar. Also, I received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Junior Faculty Grant.

Currently, in addition to teaching, I am the Creator and Director of the African American Studies Minor, the Chair of the Multicultural Faculty Commission and the Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute Summer Scholars’ Program.

I have just struck the balance between my ACTIVE and AGGRESSIVE civic engagement and scholarship. In the summer of 2012, I decided to turn my energies to writing and business. So, stay tune because publications are on the horizons.

  • thames-taylor, tonya. “Ida B. Wells: Mississippi Civil Rights Activist,” Ted Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson, eds., The Mississippi Encyclopedia (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013).
  • thames taylor, From Dr. King and President Lincoln: Thoughts on Contemporary Rhetoric, Inside Speak Now, Pennsylvania Humanities Council Online Newsletter, January 2011.
  • thames-taylor, tonya., Book Review, Hinsonville, A Community at a Crossroads: The Story of Nineteenth-Century African-American Village,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, January 2008, volume 132, number 1.