Taylor Jardno is a historian of Latin America and a digital humanist working at the intersection of higher education and technology. She is joining Minerva’s faculty from Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. and taught and developed courses for the departments of History and American Studies. Based on her dissertation, her current research focuses on the history of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in the Mexican educational system during the twentieth century. More generally, her research interests examine the links between political activism and youth culture in the Americas. Prior to her doctoral studies, Professor Jardno received a Master’s in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Duke University.
Professor Jardno previously worked as a political and government consultant and researcher in Argentina, Mexico, and the U.S. She is also an experienced illustrator and has worked in user experience design and web development. As a digital humanist, Professor Jardno’s teaching philosophy centers around a commitment to helping students acquire critical thinking and analytical skills through historical inquiry and using technology to interpret the past. In the classroom, she promotes an environment which encourages participation through a collaborative exploration of not only how the past has unfolded, but also how historians and other chroniclers have influenced our understanding of these events.