Majors: English and History
Outstanding Graduate in the Humanities (December 2012)
Taylor Diamond credits his sister Jillian for inspiring him to achieve the academic and professional purpose that his Nevada education has provided. His mentor, Professor Justin Gifford, says, “Taylor is really remarkable, hard-working, brilliant, and committed to the future of academics.”
As a result of a history course taught by Dr. Edward Schoolman, Taylor “fell in love with studying Byzantine history” and spent the summer of 2011 in an intensive Greek language course at the University of California, Berkeley. His new knowledge of Greek enabled him to work on the first English translation of the letters of Leo Choerosphactes (a tenth-century Byzantine ambassador to Bulgaria).
The following fall, Taylor began taking literary theory and African American literature courses with Dr. Gifford. About the literary theory course, Taylor commented, “No other course in college has had such a profound impact on me. I learned to challenge accepted notions about literature and culture; I was constantly inspired to think critically about the society in which I live.”
Taylor has recently been conducting graduate-level work in African American literature, with the goal of preparing an article comparing Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes with African American slave narratives.
In addition to earning many honors for his scholarly work, Taylor is an Independent Care Provider for Children with Autism. He has volunteered as a Big Brother at the Northern Nevada Boys and Girls Club and as a tutor at the Able Abilities Group. He is currently an IT Service Center Intern at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Following his December graduation, Taylor plans to pursue a Ph.D. in African American literature.