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Taylor Soja (she/her/hers)

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

I am a historian of modern Britain and specialize in the histories of war, gender, and 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. My work draws intergenerational and personal connections between the Great War and the imperial 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 am a Mellon - Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellow for 2021-22. I've previously been a member of the Society of Scholars at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and work as an Instructor and TA in the History Department. 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. Along with Prof. Laurie Marhoefer, I was awarded a Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship at the Simpson Center to develop a new large lecture class, "World Wars I & II: Digital Histories." You can read about the class here and see our course website here

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. 


Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Project Award, 2021, Council for European Studies Critical European Studies Research Network
Thomas M. Power Prize 2018: Outstanding Graduate Student Paper
Thomas M. Power Prize 2018: Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the Dept. of History


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Professional Affiliations: 
American Historical Association, North American Conference on British Studies, Society for the History of War (UK), Council for European Studies

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