Greetings to the OTB audience. I know that some of you know who I am as James frequently links to my site and I comment here fairly regularly. Further, a number of you read my site as well.

I know that not all of you know my work, as James’ traffic out paces mine by a factor of over 10:1. 🙂

The funny thing is that in some ways blogging for James and myself started in e-mailing news stories back and forth to each other (with the requisite snarky and/or intelligent comments appended, of course) during our days at Troy University (then Troy State).

Some time after moving to the DC area, James started OTB, which inspired me to start PoliBlog roughly a week later. As such, he’s my Blogfather.

At any rate, I am happy to help out as James and Kim head to non-political climes to recharge.

As James noted below, my main areas of expertise are elections and Latin America, with a specific focus on Colombian politics. However, also because I teach in a small department at a teaching-intensive university, I am a generalist by trade, teaching courses in comparative politics, political theory, international relations and American government.

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. I for one welcome our new democrat overlords. Are you their messenger?

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    Any comments on how Bolivia is working out?

  3. Dave,

    I will see if I can comment on Bolivia at some point over the next several days.

    yetanother john,

    I think Dave is the closest to a Democratic Overlord you are going to get. I like to avoid simplistic labels, but I belong to the conservative side of things, shall we say. My politics are not dissimilar to James’ although I am more religious than he. In the most recent election I will say that I was not a straight-ticket voter, if that helps.

  4. spacemonkey says:

    Why was my comment deleted?

  5. I have no idea. I didn’t delete it. I don’t recall even seeing it.

    Perhaps the spam filter got it? Did it make it to the site or did it just never arrive?

  6. spacemonkey says:

    I’ll bet I didn’t post after the preview.

    Anyway, I always enjoy your specials to the Mobile Register, when I happen to buy one.