About Me

Alan C. Taylor

About me

I grew up on a mountain swallowed up by kudzu just across the river from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

I teach writing and research courses for first-year students at Dartmouth College’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

In college and graduate school I studied nineteenth-century American literature and history. I’m interested in backcountry settlements in the early republic and conflicts between Native peoples and settlers.

I’m a mildly accomplished computer nerd. I like open-source software and culture. I’m a fan of Canonical’s Ubuntu and System 76’s Pop OS. I’m particularly enthused by the Pandoc, Markdown, Hugo, and Jrnl projects.

Lately I’ve been listening to The National, Future Islands, and Aidan Knight a lot.

I follow the Boston Red Sox and the Tennessee Volunteers football team; recent years have not been kind to me.

I have two adorable little kids who never let me get a full night’s sleep but are probably the best thing that ever happened to me.