Taylor Stoermer, Adjunct Faculty
Taylor Stoermer teaches Public History as a lecturer in the Museum Studies (M.A.) program at Johns Hopkins Museum Studies. Prior to joining the Museum Studies faculty, Dr. Stoermer was Instructor of Public History at Harvard University, Director of Historic Huguenot Street (a National Historic Landmark District in New York), Chief Historian of Colonial Williamsburg, Invited Research Scholar at Brown University, and has held Fellowships at Yale University, the Huntington Library, the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and the Virginia Historical Society. He is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins, the Tulane University School of Law, Harvard, and the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in History, specializing in colonial Virginia and the American Revolution. Dr. Stoermer is also the author of Colonial Williamsburg: The Official Guide (2014) and Public History: A Field Guide (Forthcoming, 2019).
Dr. Stoermer is an adviser to Plimoth Plantation, the C-SPAN networks, the Walt Disney Companies, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the United Empire Loyalists of Canada, and Past Pleasures Ltd, which provides costumed historical interpretation to the Historic Royal Palaces in Great Britain. He also spends his time engaged in pro bono counseling to small museums, heritage sites, and organizations — such as the Golden Ball Tavern and the Newport Historical Society — on issues ranging from interpretative methods to marketing to fundraising.
Before turning to a career in Public History, Dr. Stoermer spent a decade in national politics as a senior adviser and speechwriter to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, an Associate for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, the manager of a congressional campaign (in the 2000 cycle), and as the Communications Director for the League of Conservation Voters. He is also a veteran of the United States Army.
Dr. Stoermer is a proud Baltimore native and ardent Orioles fan who also follows lacrosse, professional tennis, surfing, and equestrian sports. While at Harvard, he was Acting Head Coach and University Adviser to the Harvard Equestrian Team.