Scott D. Taylor

Professor in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University

Scott Taylor is a Professor in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. In 2020, he was appointed Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in SFS. He is the former Director of Georgetown’s African Studies Program, which he led from 2007-2020. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, he held the Gwendolen M. Carter Lectureship in African Politics at Smith College.

Taylor has written widely on governance, political and economic development, and political culture in Africa, including numerous articles and four books: Globalization and the Cultures of Business in Africa; Business & the State in Southern Africa; Politics in Southern Africa; and Culture & Customs of Zambia. He has resided in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and traveled widely throughout the African continent. He has consulted extensively on issues of governance, elections and political economy for bilateral and multilateral development institutions, as well as for corporations and non-profit organizations, and for nearly a decade he served as an advisor to Freedom House for its annual Freedom in the World report. Taylor has observed elections in Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, and served as senior political advisor for Carter Center election observation missions in Kenya in 2017, and Zambia in both 2001 and 2016. Prior to working in academia and African affairs, he was Assistant Treasurer in the Financial Institutions Division at the Bank of New York (now BNY-Mellon). 

Dr. Taylor received his AB in Government and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.