Barbara Taylor

Barbara G. Taylor (born c.1950) is a Canadian-born historian based in the United Kingdom, specialising in the Enlightenment, gender studies and the history of subjectivity. She is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.

She was born and raised in Western Canada, where in 1971 she was awarded her first degree in Political Thought. She then moved to London where she gained an M.Sc. in the same subject at the London School of Economics, followed by a Ph.D. in History at the University of Sussex. She taught history at the University of East London from 1993 until 2012 and then moved to Queen Mary, University of London as joint professor of the Schools of English & Drama, and History.

She has received research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation (1996), the Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada, and the Wellcome Trust.

Taylor has written a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, the early English feminist and republican, and continues to speak on her life, for example in 2009 at Newington Green Unitarian Church as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Wollstonecraft's birth.

With psychologist Adam Phillips, Taylor is the coauthor of ''On Kindness'' (2009). Taylor's memoir ''The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times'', describing her years at Friern Hospital, was published in 2014. It was a finalist for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize. Provided by Wikipedia
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