Department of Criminology and Justice Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Central Florida
Dr. Rae Taylor joined the Loyola faculty in the fall of 2009 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Central Florida. Her doctoral dissertation involved examining pregnancy as a risk factor for lethal and non-lethal intimate partner violence. During her tenure as a doctoral student, she was the recipient of several teaching and research awards, including the prestigious University Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching in 2008.
Dr. Taylor’s research and teaching interests include intimate partner violence and other violent crimes, societal and organizational responses to violent crime, and social inequalities. She has published research articles in Violence Against Women and Homicide Studies. Dr. Taylor has worked as a data analyst and policy consultant for CourtWatch Florida, a non-profit court monitoring and advocacy organization, and been involved with several community based research projects pertaining to homelessness and other areas.
Dr. Taylor has worked in the criminal justice system as a victim advocate, and continues her training in victim services and crisis response. In addition to her academic degrees, Dr. Taylor holds a graduate level certification in domestic violence and has been inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta National Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Criminology, the Homicide Research Working Group, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, where she regularly presents her research.