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Taylor Soja (she/her/hers)

Doctoral Candidate
Teaching assistant
Photo of Taylor Soja in London

Contact Information

Office Hours: 
HSTCMP 248: Thursdays on Zoom 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (PST); Fridays by Email 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (PST)

Biography

M.A., History, University of Washington, 2016
B.A., History, The George Washington University, 2015

I am a doctoral candidate and pre-doctoral instructor in the Department of History where I specialize in the history of the British empire. My dissertation examines the lives of a wide variety of British men and women who directly experienced multiple wars in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The conflicts they fought in spanned geographical and chronological boundaries, taking them from South Africa to Salonica, and from Sierra Leone and Jamaica to the Western Front. Through the use of individual biographies and material culture evidence, my work draws intergenerational and personal connections between the Great War and the colonial wars that came before it in order to re-evaluate the relationship between war and colonization, and to question what historians and the public mean when we talk about "war" and "war experience."

I currently serve as a Pre-Doctoral Instructor and Teaching Assistant in the Department of History and have worked one-on-one with students as a Graduate Writing Tutor at the Odeggard Writing and Research Center on the UW campus. In 2018, I won the Thomas M Power Prizes in the Department of History for both Best Graduate Paper and for Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Read about my summer course, "Images of War in History, Media, and Literature," here.

I am also committed to both public scholarship and digital history. I am excited to have been awarded a Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship at the Simpson Center for the Humanities in support of a collaborative project with Prof. Laurie Marhoefer. We are developing a large lecture course on the history of World Wars I & II that will teach digital history skills to our students. Be on the lookout for it in Fall Quarter 2020.

Previously, I have attended both the Digital Humanities Summer School at the University of Oxford and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria BC, the latter with the support of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at UW, where I have also been part of the Graduate Research Cluster in Modernism. I have also worked as a Fellow at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle WA, where I designed an educational activity on the history of science for K-8 students. I have interned with the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, a small museum just outside of Chicago, and also wrote an encyclopedia entry on Mary Ball Washington for the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, at the Mount Vernon Estate.

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