Hello and welcome to my website!
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University where I am also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and affiliated with the Program in Judaic Studies. My areas of study include the sociology of culture, inequality, military sociology, history of social thought, and mixed methodology. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program (NSF GRPF), the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the Princeton Program in Canadian Studies, and the Center for the Study of Religion. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2013, with Honors in sociology and a minor in anthropology. After college, I was a Dorot Fellow in Israel where I researched the immersion experience of newly orthodox women. I also spent the two years between undergraduate and graduate school studying Hebrew texts at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Hadar.
I am interested in how changing techniques of the body (in dress, food, and action) influence identity. My past studies have explored how Jewish outreach organizations employ more embodied, and not verbal, techniques in their religious recruitment. In future work, I plan to investigate identity (re)formation in institutional contexts where individuals have limited agency over their bodies. I will examine how experiences may vary along ethnic, gender, and religious lines.
Outside of the classroom, I am active in interfaith and Jewish life on campus.
Feel free to contact me at taylorpw [at] princeton [dot] edu