Scott K. Taylor

Scott K. Taylor

Scott K Taylor

Scott K. Taylor

Associate Professor, History

1737 Patterson Office Tower

Last Revised: Nov 15th, 2022

Professional Biography

Scott K. Taylor specializes in the history of early modern Europe, especially Spain. He arrived at the University of Kentucky in 2012 after spending 11 years teaching at Siena College. Prior to that he earned his PhD at the University of Virginia in 2001 and his AB at the University of Chicago in 1992. His first book was entitled Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain (Yale University Press, 2008). Currently he is finishing a book, under contract with Cornell University Press, tentatively titled, A Genealogy of Addiction: Drugs and Alcohol in Early Modern Europe. The book examines how western Europeans experienced "soft drugs" like sugar, tobacco, chocolate, coffee, tea, distilled spirits like run and gin, and opium - all of which were new to them or newly available in mass quantities.

Dr. Taylor is willing to advise graduate students who want to work in early modern Spanish history or the history of drugs and alcohol in early modern Europe.


Ph.D., University of Virginia

Course Instruction

HIS 130: Alcohol and Drugs in Western Civilization (3)
Course Description: This course is an overview of the history of drugs and alcohol, and the individual and social problems that surround their use. The course begins when new or newly wide-spread stimulants like coffee, tea, tobacco, chocolate, sugar, and distilled spirits joined beer and wine as European consumer goods. The course then goes on to the more modern problems of increasingly potent drugs like heroin, cocaine, and cigarettes, and responses to them such as regulation, taxation, Prohibition, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the "War on Drugs."

Contact Information

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546

+1 (859) 257-8654