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Tonya Thames-Taylor

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702 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Carole Marciano
Departmental Secretary
Office: 702 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Robert Kodosky
Departmental Chairperson
Office: 704 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2288
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Karin Gedge
Social Studies Coordinator
Office: 729 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2971

Brenda Gaydosh
Acting Graduate Coordinator
Office: 721 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-0734

Jonathan Friedman
Director, Holocaust-Genocide Studies
Office: 723 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2972


tonya thames-taylor

Courses Taught

  • HIS 150: American Experience
  • HIS 152: American History from 1877
  • HIS 358: Economic History of the United States
  • HIS 362: Violence in America
  • HIS 366: Turbulent 1960s
  • HIS 373: African American History
  • HIS 520: Topics: Race, Bigotry, and Prejudice
  • HIS 555: Emergence Of Modern America: 1876-1923

About Me

Mississippi native and granddaughter of former sharecroppers, dr. tonya thames-taylor is an Associate Professor of History (American), founding director of the African American Studies Program, and member of the Executive Committee of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends Historical Association (publisher of Quaker History) and Friends Publishing Corporation (publisher of Friends Journal). More locally, she is an active member of the American Association of University Women (AAWU), the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and the Board of Directors for the People's Hall in Ecuridoun PA. She is enthusiastically working on the restoration of People's Hall, which was built by Quaker abolitionists and has served the community since 1846. She is also a Sustainer Member of the Junior League of Philadelphia.

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