Mark Zachary Taylor

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Development Studies Program
Email Address:
mzak@gatech.edu
Office Phone:
404-385-4571
Office Location:
DM Smith 310
Overview

Dr. Mark Zachary Taylor, formerly a solid-state physicist, now specializes in S&T politics and policy, political economy, the American presidency, and comparative politics. In his research, he tries to understand the sources of national economic competitiveness. In his book, The Politics of Innovation (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016), he seeks to explain why some countries are better than others at science and technology. He currently studies the role of the US presidency in short-run economic performance. Prof. Taylor’s research research has also been published the in the journals Foreign Affairs, International Organization, Security Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Review of Policy Research, Harvard International Review, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the Journal of Political Science Education. Dr. Taylor holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, earned a BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, and has attended university in Japan.

Education:
  • BA Physics, UC Berkeley
  • MA International Relations, Yale
  • PhD Political Science, MIT
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Development
  • Economic
  • Presidency
  • President
  • Technological
Interests
Research Fields:
  • Economic Growth and Institutions
  • Economic History
  • Economics of Innovation
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Political Economy
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Technological Change
  • Technology and Innovation
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
Geographic
Focuses:
  • United States
Issues:
  • Innovation
  • Technology
Courses
  • INTA-1200: American Government
  • INTA-3110: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • INTA-3301: Int'l Political Econ
  • INTA-4740: Sem-Political Economy
  • INTA-6003: Empirical Research Meth
  • INTA-6306: Globalization
  • INTA-8000: Sci,Tech&Int'l Affairs I
  • INTA-8010: IAST Ph.D. Proseminar
  • POL-1101: Government of the U.S.
  • PUBP-8530: Adv Science& Tech Policy
Selected Publications

Books