Mark Zachary Taylor

Associate Professor, Co-Director of GTDC Program

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Development Studies Program
Office Location: DM Smith 310
Email Address:


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 has also been published 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, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Political Science Education. Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. 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.

  • BA Physics, UC Berkeley
  • MA International Relations, Yale
  • PhD Political Science, MIT
Areas of
  • Development
  • Economic
  • Presidency
  • President
  • Technological


Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • United States
  • Innovation
  • Political Economy
  • Technology
  • Technology and Innovation


  • 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-2695: GT@DC (GAH) Internship
  • PUBP-3020: Applied Political Econ
  • PUBP-3030: Policy Analysis
  • PUBP-3520: Globalization & Policy
  • PUBP-4695: GT@DC (GAH) Internship
  • PUBP-8530: Adv Science& Tech Policy
  • PUBP-8823: Special Topics

Selected Publications