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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. steve says:

    I was unaware of this story about Jackie Robinson. I cant imagine expecting someone to give me their seat just because I was white and them having to do it just because they were black.

    “During a meeting at Fort Hood, one soldier stood up and objected to the renaming.

    Commission chair and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral Michelle Howard responded by telling the story of Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player to play in the Major Leagues, who was court-martialed while serving at Fort Hood for refusing to give his seat on a bus to a White soldier.

    “‘Imagine if the Army had been able to keep the leadership that Jackie Robinson provided to baseball?’” Howard said, according to Schake. “That really let the air out of the opposition.”


  2. Jay L Gischer says:

    That story about Topher Malone is exactly what we need to be seeing more of. Actual stories of people who have transitioned.

    Listening to the debate, Malone observed that the lawmakers seemed to pay a lot of attention to testimony from adults who “detransitioned” — those who transitioned away from their sex assigned at birth and then reversed that decision — and that most of them were from outside Texas.

    One person had a bad experience. And so we ban the process?