M.A. in French Studies
Taylor is from Long Island, New York, where her fascination in the French language and the Francophone world began with her first French teacher in middle school. She graduated from Columbia University as a student-athlete in May of 2017 with a BA in Political Science (focusing on IR) and French and Francophone Studies. While at Columbia, she studied at Columbia’s University in Paris, Reid Hall. During that summer abroad, she studied political life in France, focusing on issues of immigration, discrimination and laïcité. Taylor also spent time interning for the U.S. House of Representatives, the New York City Council, and was a Student Delegate for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations as an undergraduate. Following graduation, Taylor worked for the New York City Council as a Legislative Assistant for the Office of the Deputy Leader. After her time with the New York City Council, Taylor worked as an English Language Assistant in three primary schools with TAPIF in Amiens, France. In her free time outside of teaching, Taylor enjoyed tutoring students in English, playing on a club field hockey team and exploring other regions of France and Europe.
Through the French Studies MA program at the IFS, Taylor hopes to learn more regarding issues of race, gender, immigration and their effects on the ever-changing political climate in France, while comparing how these issues are similarly and differently addressed in the United States. With an anticipated depth of knowledge gained in French sociopolitical affairs from the IFS, Taylor hopes to pursue a career in international affairs, defense and/or diplomacy, either based in the United States or France.