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Dr. Taylor Soja

Assistant Professor
Schroeder Hall - SCH 318
Office Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:15-3:15 and by appointment
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Dr. Soja is an Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University. Before earning her PhD in modern British and imperial history at the University of Washington in Seattle, she attended George Washington University for her BA.

Current Courses

369.001History of the British Empire

469.001History of the British Empire

102.003Modern Western Civilization

300.005Senior Seminar In History

291.004Undergraduate Teaching Experience In History

Teaching Interests & Areas

I teach classes on British & European history, the history of war and society, European empires, women & gender, and historical methods and digital history.

Research Interests & Areas

I am a historian of modern Britain and specialize in the histories of war, gender, and empire with a focus on the long 19th century. My research explores the relationship between violence and empire using methods including the study of material culture, family history, and group biography.

PhD History

University of Washington
Seattle, WA


University of Washington
Seattle, WA

BA History

George Washington University
Washington, DC

Influential and Inspirational Faculty Member

Department of History

Influential and Inspirational Faculty Member

Department of History

Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Project Award

Council for European Studies Critical European Studies Research Network

Journal Article

“Kitchen Window Feminism: Sarah Macnaughtan, Wartime Care, and the Authority of Experience in the South African and First World Wars,” in “Health, Healing, and Caring,” eds. Kristin Burnett, Sara Ritchey, Lynn M. Thomas, special issue, Gender & History 33, no. 3 (Oct. 2021): 668-682.


Little World Wars: Multi-War Experiences in the British Empire from 1885-1918. Storie Lecture. Lewis University. (2024)
What Comes After “What’s Your Favorite Battle?”: Rethinking War and Society in the History Classroom. History/Social Sciences Teacher Symposium. ISU History Education. (2023)
“When the Post-War Isn’t Permanent: Coming Home in the Age of Britain’s ‘Small Wars’”. Homecoming After War: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Humanities Research Centre, Warwick University. (2023)
“British Studies in the Digital World: NACBS Grad & Early Career Caucus Panel on Digital Humanities”. North American Conference on British Studies Grad & Early Career Caucus. (2022)
“Soldiers on the Move: Working Class War Stories in Britain’s Global Empire, c. 1880-1918,” International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Lisbon, Portugal. 2022.
“Families Mobilized for Empire: Multi-Generation Military Service in the British Empire to 1918,” North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), held online, 2020.
“Miss Macnaughtan’s Wars: South Africa, WWI, and the British Multi-War Experience,” New Voices in the History of War II, Society for the History of War, All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK. 2019.
“The Social World of Multi-War Service: Ernest Craig-Brown & Neville J.G. Cameron in South Africa, WWI, and Beyond,” North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), Vancouver CA. 2019.

Grants & Contracts

CAS International Travel Fund. CAS. Illinois State University. (2023)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Council for European Studies (Columbia University) Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Council for European Studies (Columbia University). Private. (2021)