A (Re-) Introduction
Greetings to the readers of OTB. My name is Steven Taylor and I will be joining the regular stable of bloggers here at the site. I have been blogging at my own site, PoliBlog, for seven years starting a few weeks after James started this site—indeed, his foray into the then new world of blogging was what inspired me to start as well. I am an Associate Professor of Political Science (in fact, I will be a full Professor as of 8/1) at Troy University in Alabama. Indeed, I met James there in 1998, when we both joined the faculty. My areas of expertise include democratic institutions, parties and elections. My academic work has focused mostly on Latin America and I am the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia. I am currently working on a multi-authored book comparing the United States to 29 other democracies, looking primarily at institutional variations.
As of today I am going to be doing all of my US politics and general interest world politics blogging here at OTB. My more specific blogging on Colombia and Latin America (amongst some other stuff) will remain at PoliBlog.
Many of the regulars know me, as I have guest-blogged on numerous occasion, often leave comments, and James links to my blog from time to time.