Cory Taylor

Cory Taylor
PhD student
Education: 
MA in Religious Studies, Exams in Second-Temple Judaism, New Testament, and Digital Humanities, The University of Iowa, 2015; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics, The University of Iowa, 2012; B.A. in Biblical Studies, Minor in Physics (cum laude),
Curriculum Vitae: 

Cory Taylor graduated from Union University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies, with an emphasis in the biblical languages. While at Union, he was research and teaching assistant for the Dean of the School of Theology. He also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in classics from the University of Iowa, which he received in 2012.

At Iowa, Cory has been teaching assistant for Jerusalem: From the Bronze to the Digital Age; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Quest for Human Destiny; Ancient Mediterranean Religions; and Digital Modeling. In addition to his position as a teaching assistant, Cory is also a researcher for the Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities, where he works primarily with Dr. Robert Cargill and Dr. Paul Dilley, providing support for their research in the Digital Humanities.

Cory's main research interests are biblical studies, archaeology, Second-Temple Judaism, and early Christianity, and the role the Digital Humanities plays in each of the above disciplines. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, Abigail, and his daughter, Elley, reading, and finding new music to listen to.

Research Interests: 
Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing, Social Network Analysis, Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Selected Publications: 
  • “Graphs and Meaning: Optimizing the Interpretability of Network Visualizations in Classical Studies.” Classics@. (Under review.)
  • AllPeople: A Named- and Unnamed-Entity Tagger for English (Initial release: 2018), https://github.com/coryandrewtaylor/AllPeople
  • Personal Nouns (Initial release: 2015), https://github.com/coryandrewtaylor/Personal-Nouns
  • Terra Biblica (2015; Paul C. Dilley and Sarah Bond, PIs), http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/bam/terra-biblica/
  • Contributing editor, The Lexham Cultural Ontology (2014), David Witthoff, general editor; Jessica Parks and Andrew Fuller, contributing editors, Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
  • Contributing editor, The Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary (2014), David Witthoff, general editor; Jessica Parks and Andrew Fuller, contributing editors, Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
Presentations: 
  • “Raising Martha: Character Networks in the Gospel of John”, Jakobsen Memorial Conference, Iowa City, IA (March 2016)
  • “Alt-Ac Careers: Where to Start and How to Land a Job”, University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies Spring Colloquium, Iowa City, IA (March 2016)
  • “Face(books): Theory and Methods in Literary Social Network Analysis”, Accepted, Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Chicago, IL (November 2015)
  • “The Connected Jesus: A Network Analysis of Gospel Literature”, Studio Talks, Iowa City, IA (May 2014)
  • “The Connected Jesus: A Network Analysis of Gospel Literature”, With Paul C. Dilley; NEH Office of Digital Humanities Research Lightning Round, Iowa City, IA (April 2014)
  • “Digital Tools, Ancient Worlds: Reimagining Biblical History with the Digital Humanities”, With Cale Staley; University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies Spring Colloquium, Iowa City, IA (April 2014)
Awards, Honors and Grants: 
  • CLAS Dissertation Writing Fellowship (Summer 2017–Fall 2017; declined), Awarded to 15 ABD students from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nomination by department chair; only one nominee allowed per department. ($11,250)
  • Mellon-Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2016–Spring 2017), A fellowship for participation in the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar “Cultural and Textual Exchanges: The Manuscript Across Pre-Modern Eurasia” at the University of Iowa. ($23,000)
  • Post-Comprehensive Research Award (Spring 2016), A semester-long research fellowship at the University of Iowa. ($9,218)
  • CIC Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2014), Awarded by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (now the Big 10 Academic Alliance) for the project The Lexham Cultural Ontology. ($3,000)
  • Alice Lampe Heidel and John B. Heidel Teaching Award (May 2014), Awarded to the highest-achieving teaching assistant in the University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies. Based on faculty nominations and student reviews.
  • First-Year Student Champion Nominee (December 2012), Named by a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa as a “person on campus who has helped you the most in your success.”
  • Post-Baccalaureate Translation Prize (April 2012), Awarded for outstanding performance in post-baccalaureate Greek at the University of Iowa.