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Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Samantha A. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies with the Schriever Space Scholars Program and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS in Washington DC.
She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her disciplinary background is in the fields of U.S. Military, Diplomatic, National Security, and Cultural History. In her doctoral dissertation Dr. Taylor examined the ideas behind US national security strategy and policy decisions after the Cold War in response to the Persian Gulf War, the Haitian Coup, the Collapse of Yugoslavia, the Bosnian War, and the Rwandan Genocide, and how Presidents Bush and Clinton attempted to gain public support for their policy decisions. She is currently completing her first book based off of her dissertation.
Before joining the Schriever Space Scholars Program, Dr. Taylor taught Professional Military Education at the Naval War College, and U.S. Army War College. At Naval and Army War Colleges she taught courses on national security policymaking, at the US Army War College she taught national security policymaking, theories of war, and an elective on media and the military. As a professor with the Schriever Space Scholars, she taught and is currently the course director the War Theories course, and with Dr. Pavelec she created an elective on the history of the origins of space.
  • “Winning the Narrative War: Presidential Rhetoric in Framing Military Interventions” (co-authored with Amanda B. Cronkhite) Parameters 05/2020

  • “Reciprocal Influence: Public Opinion and Presidential Elections on American Foreign Policy – and Vice Versa” Presidential Studies Quarterly, 07/2019

  • “Colin Powell” Wiley Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, 03/2018

  • “New Space Race: Prestige and Practicality’ (co-authored with Sterling M. Pavelec) in under review



  • U.S. Cold War National Security History
  • U.S. Cold War Military History
  • Post-Cold War National Security History
  • U.S. Cultural History

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