Brief Biography - About Professor Taylor

QUINTARD TAYLOR, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, is the author of The Forging of A Black Community: Seattle’s Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994) and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the America West, 1528-1990 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998).  He and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore are the editors of the anthology, African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003) and he is co-editor with Lawrence B. de Graaf, and Kevin Mulroy of Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001).  Most recently he edited a two volume collection of primary documents titled From Timbuktu to Katrina: Readings in African American History (Boston: Thomson Wadsworth Press, 2008).  His book, America-I-Am Black Facts: The Story of a People Through Timelines, 1601-2000, was released in February, 2009 by Tavis Smiley Books.  In July 2010, the University of Washington Press will release Dr. Sam: The Autobiography of Sam Kelly which Taylor co-authored with the late university administrator and career army officer.

Taylor is also the author of over fifty articles. His work on African American Western History, African American, African, Afro-Brazilian, and comparative ethnic history has appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Oregon Historical Quarterly, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Negro History, Arizona and the West, Western Journal of Black Studies, Polish-American Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic Studies, among other journals.  He is also editor of the Race and Culture Series for the University of Oklahoma Press.    

In 2004, Taylor created an online website resource center for African American history now called (  The center which houses over 3,000 pages of information, has links to over 600 other websites, and features contributions by more than 400 scholars.  It is now one of the largest reference centers of its type on the Internet.  In 2009 two million people from over 100 nations visited the website.

In October, 2010 Taylor will begin a one year term as President of the Western History Association (WHA) and will serve as its president during the celebration of its 50th anniversary.  The WHA is the fourth largest association of historians in the United States.

Taylor is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Idaho Black History Museum in Boise and the HistoryLink Interactive History Project in Seattle. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the multi-year traveling exhibition organized by Radio and Television Personality Tavis Smiley titled “America-I-Am: The African American Imprint on America.” Taylor is a former member of the Washington State Historical Society and the Governing Council of the American Historical Association and a founding trustee of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). He was also a founding board member of the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas.  Taylor has taught at universities in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nigeria over his 39 year career in higher education.

For additional information please see the Quintard Taylor websites,

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