Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor, English

4151 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

As a teacher, I strive to prepare students to experience joy in their chosen personal and professional pursuits beyond BYU. This seemingly immeasurable goal influences every point of contact with my students, including designing syllabi, lesson plans, and extracurricular experiences that seek to balance intellectual rigor, specific skill development, spirituality, and service in a way that recognizes each as complementary.


My research fields include Native American and Indigenous studies, American studies, and pre-WWII American literature. As a non-Indigenous scholar, my focus has been on building relationships with Indigenous communities and scholars so that the scholarship I produce serves contemporary Indigenous initiatives. I prioritize building relationships with local communities and collaborating with Indigenous scholars and strive to be a reliable ally to the ongoing growth of Native American and Indigenous studies.

Selected Publications

  • Taylor, Michael P. and Terence Wride. “”Indian Kids Can’t Write Sonnets”: Re-membering the Poetry of Henry Tinhorn from the Intermountain Indian School.” American Quarterly, vol. 72 no. 1, 2020, p. 25-53. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/aq.2020.0002.
  • “In the Literature of the Lamanites: (Un)settling Mormonism in the Literary Record of Native North America, 1830–1930.” Essays on American Indian and Mormon History, edited by P. Jane Hafen and Brenden Rensink, U of Utah Press, 2019.
  • “Not Primitive Enough to Be Considered Modern: Ethnographers, Editors, and the Indigenous Poets of the American Indian Magazine.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 28, no. 1, 2016, pp. 45–72. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/studamerindilite.28.1.0045.


My citizenship focuses on actively involving students in service-oriented scholarship that helps to strengthen relationships between BYU and the broader Native American community. As I do this, I enjoy the responsibility to represent BYU to my colleagues in the field as a place where faith, rigor, and undergraduate innovation intersect to produce particularly fulfilling citizenship, teaching, and research opportunities.

Citizenship assignments

  • Executive Committee Member, Global Women’s Studies, College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences
  • Executive Committee, Civil Rights Seminar, College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences
  • Associate Director, American Indian Studies, College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences

ENGL 251
TTh 12:05p-1:20p
ENGL 251
TTh 1:35p-2:50p
TTh 9:30a-10:45a
HRCB 154
Office Hours
MW 2:00p-3:00p or by appointment
4151 JFSB