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Robert Taylor, Ph.D. - Florida Tech. Melbourne, FL, US

Robert Taylor, Ph.D.

Dean | College of Psychology and Liberal Arts | Florida Tech


Dr. Taylor's research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century America, the American South, U.S. military history, and 20th-century Europe.

Areas of Expertise (8)

History of the Space Age

Florida's Governors


American Military Leadership

Civil War

World War II

Governor Dan McCarty

Ernest Hemingway


Dr. Robert Taylor's research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century America, the American South, Florida history, U.S. military history, the history of the Space Age, and 20th-century Europe.

Dr. Taylor is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Humanities Council.

He is also president emeritus of the Florida Historical Society, an advisory board member for H-Florida, and a board official in the Selective Service System.

Dr. Taylor resides in Palm Bay and St. Simons Island, Georgia, with his wife Virginia and a house full of pets.

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Florida Tech Pioneer Interview: William Jurgens and  Dr. Robert Taylor, August 2, 2007 History of Florida Tech - Abridged Florida Tech Pioneer Interview: Dr. Harry Weber and Dr. Robert Taylor, Fall 2007


Media Appearances (4)

Biden to Nominate Ex-Florida Sen. Bill Nelson to Lead NASA

Spectrum News  tv


"I think former Sen. Nelson would be an inspired choice," said Dr. Robert Taylor, a professor of history at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, which is along the state's Space Coast​. Taylor cited Nelson's extensive experience in Washington, his lengthy record of space legislation, "and three, he's actually been in space," he said.

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SpaceX will team up with Armed Forces for War Games in April

Fox 35  tv


"In the military art, you never want to look up and see the enemy, you want to look down, so looking up into space, we need to have literally the high ground," said Dr. Robert Taylor, who teaches air and space history at Florida Tech.

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COVID-19 masks generate polarizing debates in cities, towns across Brevard County

Florida Today  print


“It is an amazing thing. It’s an indicator, I think, of how polarized we are politically as a people. We can get into political street fights over wearing a medical mask," said Robert Taylor, a history professor and associate dean at the Florida Institute of Technology. "It’s a symbol of how far apart we are."

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From Jeff Bezos to today’s NASA engineers, Apollo 11 inspired a generation to go to space

Orlando Sentinel  print


Florida’s growing space industry is now, in large part, led by the young people that watched the Apollo 11 astronauts in awe, from the rank-and-file workers putting satellites into space to billionaires plotting ambitious trips beyond the pull of Earth’s gravity. “People, especially young people, wanted to be a part of it,” said Robert Taylor, a history professor at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. “They wanted to have the same kind of trajectory the astronauts they were watching on television did."

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Education (3)

University of South Florida: M.A. 1985

University of South Florida: B.A. 1983

Florida State University: Ph.D., American History 1991


Affiliations (3)

  • Florida Humanities Council : Board of Directors Member
  • Florida Historical Society : President Emeritus
  • H-Florida : Advisory Board Member

Accomplishments (2)

Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching (professional)


Florida Tech Alumni Association Award (professional)