Graduate Student Directory

Taylor Joy Kirsch
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
    • Graduate Student Instructor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Phone
    (831) 459-3701
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 115
  • Mail Stop History Department

Summary of Expertise

PhD Dissertation Title: Indigenous Land Ownership in 17th Century Mission Communities: A Survival Story from Southern New England 



"Indigenous Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of the Southern New England Borderlands." In Historians Without Borders: New Studies in Multidisciplinary History, edited by Lawrence Abrams & Kaleb Knoblauch. London: Routledge, 2019.


Teaching Experience       

University of California, Santa Cruz: Teaching Fellow/Graduate Student Instructor

 - Instructor of Record for History 13: Introduction to American Religious Culture

- Instructor of Record for Writing 2: Rhetoric and Inquiry, Winter & Spring 2018, Winter 2019


University of California, Santa Cruz: Teaching Assistant in History

- Fourteen Quarters Experience: United States History to 1877 (2 quarters) with Dr. Catherine Jones and Dr. Marilyn Westerkamp, Introduction to American Religious Culture with Dr. Marilyn Westerkamp, Modern Jewish Intellectual History with Dr. Bruce Thompson, Historical Skills and Methods with Dr. Catherine Jones, Colonial America 1500-1750 with Dr. Marilyn Westerkamp, Colonial Latin America with Dr. Maria Elena Diaz, Civil Rights Movement with Dr. David Brundage, World History Since 1500 (2 Quarters) with Dr. Gregory O’Malley and Dr. Marc Matera, Early Christianity with Dr. Ethan Spanier, Greco Roman Mythology with Drs. Jennifer Lynn and Charles Hedrick, United States History to 1877 (2 Summer Sessions) with Dr. Edward Smyth


 Presentations & Conferences

- “Examining Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of New England” Given at the Massachusetts Historical Society - 2018

- “A Place Where We Should Be:” Indigeneity and Attempted Erasure in Past and Present New England Landscapes” given at the University of California Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium - 2018 

- “Indigenous Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of the 17th Century New England Borderlands” given  at Forging Faiths in the Global Borderlands: University of California, Santa Barbara, and Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits: University of California, Davis - 2016




Research Interests

Indigenous History, Early America, Borderlands, Religion and Spirituality, Oral History, The Indigenous Paradigm, Transnationalism, Atlantic World, Gender, Women's History, Community Collaborative Research, Interdisciplinary Research Methods, Anthropology, Archaeology, Digital Mapping

Biography, Education and Training


MA  University of California, Santa Cruz


BA (With Honors) University of California, Berkeley



Pedagogical Training

- Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning: Professionalization and learning community focused on innovative and inclusive teaching strategies. My participation in CITL includes the research cluster “Teaching and Learning in the Humanities Now” and workshops on topics like Universal Design, creative class structure, and teaching with technology. Fall 2017-Present

- Effective Teaching Practices – Pedagogy course through the Association of College and University Educators, at UC Santa Cruz: Winter-Summer 2018 

- Writing 203 – Teaching Writing: UC Santa Cruz, Winter 2016

- History 280A – Teaching Pedagogy: UC Santa Cruz, Fall 2013

- History PhD program coursework with significant pedagogical emphasis and components: HIS 212B U.S Citizenship ANTH 276A North American Archaeology, HIS 202 Practicing World History, HIS 206 Empire in World History: UC Santa Cruz, Spring 2014-Winter 2016



Honors, Awards and Grants


-  Massachusetts Historical Society W.B.H Dowse Fellowship – 2018 

-  American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research Fellowship – 2017

-  UCSC History Department Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowship - 2018

-  UCSC History Department Summer Research Fellowship – 2014-2017

-  UCSC Regents Fellowship – 2013


Teaching Interests

Indigenous History, United States History, World History, Interdisciplinary Learning, Universal Design, Teaching for Transfer