Katie Taylor

Humanities and Social Science

My PhD project looks at American Children’s magazines from the 1910s and 1920s asking how they taught children about race, social progress and modern America. I am currently reading The Brownies’ Book (1920-1921), the first African American children’s magazine, as well as the Children’s Numbers of the NAACP magazine The Crisis published from 1912. I run the account @reader_magazine on Twitter where I am sharing monthly highlights from The Brownies’ Book in honour of its centenary, as well as other findings from my research.

My research interests are in Race and Progressivism in America, Race and Children’s Literature, and Periodical Studies. My undergraduate dissertation looked at black motherhood in Angelina Weld Grimké’s anti-lynching literature, and my MRes dissertation looked at race and marriage in the magazine short fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Jessie Fauset.
I am presenting a paper called ‘Immortal Children: W.E.B. DuBois, Jessie Fauset and Children’s Magazines’ at English: Shared Futures in June 2020. I am currently teaching on the undergraduate module Digital Victorians, and will be teaching literary theory to secondary school students as tutor for The Brilliant Club summer 2020.

English BA Hons, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017.
English, MRes, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018.