Tyler N Taylor


Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies; 19th and 20th Century U.S. Cultural History; Settler Colonialism; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Race and Ethnicity; Transnational Studies


Tyler Taylor is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies and a Provost Dissertation Fellow. Her dissertation, “Italy’s American West: Brava Gente, American Indians, and the Circulation of Settler Colonialism,” examines the ways that legacies of white settler colonization and American Indian resistance are woven into the cultural exchange and transnational migration that characterized the relationship between the U.S. and Italy from 1890-2005. Looking at Buffalo Bill’s Italian tours, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Italian migration to the American West, and Italian Post-World War II cultural production and political expression, this project follows the movements of people and ideas between the U.S. and Italy to demonstrate how Italy has helped construct and expand U.S. settler culture while encountering Native resistance. This brings to light how U.S. settler colonialism has evolved into an international, rather than solely American, project.


M.A., American Studies, William & Mary (2014). Thesis: “Race, Childhood, and Native American Boarding Schools: a case study of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute”

B.A., History Major / Italian Minor, Middlebury College (2012)

Selected Experience

Tyler has served as the William & Mary Graduate Assistant to the Sharpe Community Scholars Program and the Mariner’s Museum Library, interned at the Institute of Contemporary History in Ferrara, Italy, and served as the Baird Society Residential Scholar at the Smithsonian’s Dibner Library. Her work has been generously supported by William & Mary and the Smithsonian Institution.

Conference Presentations

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (2018)

American Studies Association (2017)

Southern American Studies Association – Honorable Mention, Critoph Prize (2017)

Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (2016)

University of Massachusetts Amherst Crossroads V (2016)

Northeast Modern Language Association (2015)

Courses Taught

AMST 470 – Making Americans: Race, Gender, Class, and U.S. Citizenship (Spring 2017)

AMST 202 – Cinema and the Modernization of U.S. Culture, Teaching Assistant (Spring 2015)

AMST 204 – The American Way of War, Teaching Assistant (Spring 2014)