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Taylor Parrish

School: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Department: English

Research Interests: Environmental Literature & Ecocriticism, Ecology, Materialism, History of Agriculture and Plantation Systems, Colonialism, Trade


Taylor is a PhD candidate in the English Department, and expects to complete her studies in May 2021. Before coming to Tufts, Taylor completed her B.S. in English Literature, with a minor in Technical and Professional Writing. Taylor also briefly worked in a law firm before beginning her graduate studies. In addition to working with TIE and pursuing her own studies, Taylor teaches in the First Year Writing Program, and is a Graduate Writing Consultant at the Academic Resource Center.

Current Studies and Future Goals

When asked what she found most meaningful about her field of study, Taylor responded with the following: "Because I am an eco-materialist, my work is invested in exploring how material goods, plants, and other objects function in works of literature: how these items were produced and used in their historical moment and how the legacy of these products impact and inform our present. My current focus is on plantation ecology, where I explore the various agricultural systems and how the intersection of commodity crops and other goods (yams, for instance!) are imagined, in relation to the brutal systems of labor that enabled their production. My favorite part about what I do is that it allows me to combine my (seemingly disparate!) passions for environmental justice, the history of agriculture, and trade and commodity systems".

Taylor hopes to continue working with students once she completes her studies at Tufts.

Fun Facts!

When not doing school work, Taylor can be found baking, hiking, and playing with her cats.

Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese

Favorite Movie: Grand Budapest Hotel

Favorite Place You've Visited: Alaska

Favorite Course Taken at Tufts: Resisting Empire