Baishakhi Taylor

Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

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 Old Chapel 104

Baishakhi Taylor joined the Middlebury administration in August 2015 as dean of students. In her current role as Vice President for Student Affairs, she oversees residential life including the Common system, judicial affairs, health and wellness education, student activities, orientation, Parton Center for Health & Wellness, and the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. She is an Assistant Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and a faculty mentor for BOLD Women’s Leadership Program.

Taylor holds a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Northern Iowa and a PhD in sociology from the University of Kentucky. A native of Calcutta, India, she did her undergraduate work in India and moved to the United States in 2000. Prior to coming to Middlebury, Taylor served as associate dean for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University, where she oversaw the academic life of roughly 800 students. At Duke, she also spearheaded the creation of Duke’s strategic partnership in India and directed the civic engagement program for 8 years. Her current research focuses on issues of sexuality and gender in South Asia.

Her most recent articles are:

  1. Ewing, K., & Taylor, B. (2018) The Ungendered Self: Sex Reassignment, The Third Gender, and Gender Fluidity in India. In Friedman & Strauss (Eds.) Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and Culture. New York: Palgrave, Macmillan.
  2. Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Reif, B., Taylor, B., Yao.J, Byrd, E. (2016). Substance use outcomes of an integrated HIV-substance use treatment model implemented by social workers and HIV medical providers. Health Social 41 (1): e1-e10.