Scott K. Taylor

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  • Associate Professor
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • History
1737 Patterson Office Tower
On leave in Spring 2019; appointments by request only.

PhD., University of Virginia, 2001 AB, University of Chicago, 1992


Scott K. Taylor specializes in the history of early modern Europe, especially Spain. He arrived at the University of Kentucky in 2012 after spending 11 years teaching at Siena College. Prior to that he earned his PhD at the University of Virginia in 2001 and his AB at the University of Chicago in 1992. His first book was entitledĀ Honor and Violence in Golden Age SpainĀ (Yale University Press, 2008). Currently he is working on a book on early modern addiction, examining how western Europeans experienced "soft drugs" like sugar, tobacco, chocolate, coffee, tea, distilled spirits like run and gin, and opium - all of which were new to them or newly available in mass quantities. He will be on leave working on this project during the fall and spring semesters of 2018-19. He also created an academic blog entitled "Early Modern Spanish History Notes," which keeps track of current scholarship in early modern Spanish history and related fields. Follow him on Twitter at @em_notes

Dr. Taylor is willing to advise graduate students who want to work in early modern Spanish history or the history of drugs and alcohol in early modern Europe.

Selected Publications: 

Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain (Yale University Press, 2008).

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