Taylor Dark

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College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
Office Location: ET A517
Phone: (323) 343-2247 Email: [email protected]

Curriculum Vitae 


Department of Political Science
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8226

Office Phone: (323) 343-2247
Website: www.taylordark.com 
E-mail: [email protected]


2005-present -- California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Political Science
Associate Professor (2011-present ) 

1996-2004 -- Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan), Graduate School of American Studies 
Associate Professor of American Politics, 1996-2004; Associate Dean, 1998-20041995-1996    
University of California, Irvine – Department of Political Science 

1993-1995 -- Civic Education Project
Lecturer, Chernivtsi State University in Ukraine and Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia 

1989-1990 -- Brookings Institution – Governmental Studies Program 
Research Fellow


1993 -- Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley – Department of Political Science; Exam Fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, Western European Politics    
1986 -- M.A.: University of California, Berkeley – Department of Political Science
1984 -- M.Sc.: London School of Economics – Department of Government
1983 -- B.A.: University of California, Berkeley – Political Science (Highest Honors)



The Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999; updated paperback edition, 2001) 

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

•    "The Economic Crisis and Organized Labor: Resentment over Solidarity," New Political Science (December 2011)
•    “Liberals, Labor, and Party Government,” Polity (July 2011)
•    “Organization Theory and Stages of Decline: The Case of the AFL-CIO, 1955-2005,” International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior (Summer 2007)
•    “Americans Abroad: The Challenge of a Globalized Electorate,” PS: Political Science & Politics (October 2003)
•    “The Rise of a Global Party? American Party Organizations Abroad,” Party Politics (March 2003)
•    “To Reward and Punish: A Classification of Union Political Strategies,” Journal of Labor Research (Summer 2003)
•    “Labor and the Democratic Party: A Report on the 1998 Elections,” Journal of Labor Research (Fall 2000)
•    “Debating Decline: The 1995 Race for the AFL-CIO Presidency,” Labor History (Summer 1999)
•    “Organized Labor and Party Reform: A Reassessment,” Polity (Summer 1996)
•    “Organized Labor and the Congressional Democrats,” Political Science Quarterly (Spring 1996)
•    “Organized Labor and the Presidential Nominating Process,” Presidential Studies Quarterly (Summer 1996)

    Chapters in Edited Volumes

•    “Trade Unions and the Democratic Party,” in The Oxford Companion to American Politics, edited by David Coates (Oxford University Press, 2012) 
•    “The Democrats and Organized Labor: The Partnership Continues,” in Voting in America, ed. Morgan Felchner (Westport: Greenwood, 2008)
•    “Reclaiming the Future: Space Advocacy and the Idea of Progress,” in The Societal Impact of Spaceflight, ed. Steven Dick (Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2007)
•    “From Resistance to Adaptation: Organized Labor Reacts to a Changing Nominating Process,” in The Making of the Presidential Candidates, 2004, ed. William G. Mayer (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003)
•    “Organized Labor and the Carter Administration: The Origins of Conflict,” in The Presidency and Domestic Policies of Jimmy Carter, ed. Herbert Rosenbaum and Alexej Ugrinsky (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994)

    Other Articles

•    “Prospects for Labor Law Reform,” Perspectives on Work (Fall 2008)     
•    “The Paradoxical Situation of Organized Labor in American Politics,” Labor and Working Class History Association Newsletter (Spring 2008)
•    “Labor and the Congressional Democrats after 2006,” APSA Labor Project Newsletter (Summer 2007)
•    “No Illusions – Russia's Student Generation,” The National Interest (Spring 1996)

    Book Reviews

•    Fran Quigley, If We Can Win Here: The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement in Political Science Quarterly (forthcoming, Spring 2016)
•    Jonathan Steele, Eternal Russia: Yeltsin, Gorbachev, and the Mirage of Democracy in International Journal of Comparative Sociology (Summer 1996)


•    “Still an Enduring Alliance? The Unions and the Democrats during the Obama Years,” Western Political Science Association, March 28-30, 2013, Los Angeles. 
•    Invited Lecture: “Obama and Labor,” University of California, Los Angeles, sponsored by UCLA Department of Political Science and UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, December 1, 2010
•    “Party Government, Labor, and the Left,” Midwestern Political Science Association, April 2-5, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.
•    “The New Debate Over Party Government,” Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 19-21, 2009.
•    Invited Lecture: “The American Presidential Election of 2008,” Doshisha University Symposium, Kyoto, Japan, Nov. 20, 2008
•    “Representing Labor in Congress: The Enduring Quest for Labor Law Reform,” Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, March 20-23, 2008    
•        Invited Lecture: “The Paradox of Organized Labor: Economic Decline and Political Resilience,” Carleton College, April 5, 2007
•    “Reclaiming the Future: Space Advocacy and the Idea of Progress,” NASA Conference on the Societal Impact of the Space Program, Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2006 
•    Invited Lecture: “The Polarized Presidential Election of 2004," Doshisha University Symposium, Kyoto, Japan, Nov. 18, 2004
•    Invited Lecture: “Is There a Revival of American Unionism?” International Political Science Executive Committee Meeting, Fukuoka, Japan, April 4, 2004 
•    "Roundtable on the Making of the Presidential Candidates, 2004," American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2003
•    “2002 Election Night Wrap-Up,” Doshisha University Forum, Kyoto, Japan, November 2002
•    “The Great Election Debacle of 2000,” Doshisha University Symposium on the Presidential Election of 2000, Kyoto, Japan, November 2000     
•    “Space Development and the Ideology of Progress,”American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1999
•    “Taking Bargaining Seriously: Union Political Strategies in a Two-Party System,” American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1999
•    “Who Won, and Why? The U.S. Congressional Elections of 1998,” Doshisha University Forum, Kyoto, Japan, November 1998
•    “Labor Neotraditionalism: Notes Towards a Theory,” American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 1997
•    “Clinton and the Unions: Change or Continuity?” American Political Science Association, San Francisco, August 1996
•    “The Democratic Party and Organized Labor: The Congressional Nexus,” American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 1991    
•    “Organized Labor and the Johnson Administration: The Limits and Possibilities of Power,” Western Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington, March 1991
•    “The Evolving Role of Organized Labor in the Democratic Party, 1960-1988," North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, Michigan, October 1990    
•    “Organized Labor and the Carter Administration: The Origins of Conflict,” Eighth Hofstra University Presidential Conference, September 1990

•    Received award to participate in Fulbright German Studies Seminar, administered by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Summer 2012
•    Appointed Member, 2010 Gladys M. Kammerer Award Committee of the American Political Science Association (selects best political science publication in the previous calendar year in the field of US national policy; members directly appointed by the president of the American Political Science Association)
•    "Professor of the Year," 2007, awarded by CSULA Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
•    Doshisha University Research Grant, 2001
•    University Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1991-1992
•    Everett C. Dirksen Center Congressional Research Grant, 1990
•    Walter P. Reuther Labor Archives Research Grant, 1990
•    Distinction, Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam in Comparative Politics, 1988

•    CSULA: Served on numerous department, college, and university committees, 2007-2016
•    Faculty Advisor, 2009-present, CSULA Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary Society and CSULA Political Science Association (composed of CSULA students)    
•    Member, Editorial Board, Labor History (2003-2008) 
•    Member, Editorial Board, Doshisha American Studies (1998-2004)
•    Reviewer: American Political Science Review; American Politics Research; Journal of Politics; Political Research Quarterly; Polity; Labor History; Doshisha American Studies; International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior; Studies in American Political Development; New Political Science; CQ Press; W.W. Norton; University of Illinois Press; University of California International and Area Studies Digital Publishing Program; Longman Publishers. 
•    Associate Dean, Doshisha University, 1998-2004: Responsible for academic hiring, curriculum development, hosting foreign visitors, grant applications, student recruitment.  
•    Secured grant of $23,000 from U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission for two symposiums on the American presidential election of 2004.
•    Secured grant of $20,000 from U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission for symposium on the American presidential election of 2000.
•    Research Director, Graduate School of American Studies (responsible for allotment of $65,000 annually to various research projects), 1998-2004.


•    Organized students trips to Washington DC (March 2012 and June 2015) and Sacramento (March 2010)
•    Faculty Leader, The Washington Center, Presidential Inauguration Program, January 8-20, 2005,    Washington, D.C.
•    Faculty Leader, The Washington Center, Republican National Convention Program, August 20 - September 3, 2004, New York City
•    Special Guest, Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, 2000 
•    Delegate, Democrats Abroad Global Convention, Paris, France, April 2000 
•    Campaign Chair, Democrats Abroad 2000 Global Campaign
•    Vice-Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan, 1998-2001
•    Founder, Democrats Abroad Japan, Kansai Branch, 1998


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