Dr. Cynthia Taylor

Cynthia Taylor
Department, Office, or School
Department of Anthropology
  • Adjunct Faculty III

Teaching and Research

Dr. Taylor is an instructor at both Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island and teaches a variety of courses in both anthropology and sociology. To date, her research has focused primarily on the social dimensions of scientific knowledge, public engagement with science, and inclusive science communication surrounding topics in biology, genetics and evolution.


PhD  University of Rhode Island, Biology/Science Education and Society Program (2020)

MA  University of Arizona, Biocultural Anthropology (2006)

BA  University of Rhode Island, Anthropology (2003)

Selected Publications

Taylor, Cynthia, and Bryan M. Dewsbury. "On the problem and promise of metaphor use in science and science communication." Journal of microbiology & biology education 19, no. 1 (2018): 19-1.

Taylor, Cynthia, and Bryan Dewsbury. "Barriers to inclusive deliberation and democratic governance of genetic technologies at the science-policy interface." Journal of Science Communication 18, no. 3 (2019): Y02.

Taylor, Cynthia, Bryan Dewsbury, and Cynthia Brame. "Technology, Equity, and Inclusion in the Virtual Education Space." In Technologies in Biomedical and Life Sciences Education, pp. 35-60. Springer, Cham, 2022.


ANTH 103  Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 265  Anthropological Perspectives on Childhood

ANTH 306  Primate Ecology and Social Behavior

ANTH 307  Human Nature: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior