Ula Y. Taylor

Ula Taylor

Ula Y. Taylor

Professor & 1960 Chair of Undergraduate Education

E: uyt@berkeley.edu
P: 510-229-3505


Ula Taylor earned her doctorate in American History from UC Santa Barbara.  She is the author of The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam, The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey, co-author of Panther: A Pictorial History of the Black Panther Party and The Story Behind the Film and co-editor of Black California Dreamin: The Crisis of California African American Communities.

Her articles on African American Women’s History and feminist theory have appeared in the Journal of African American History, Journal of Women’s History, Feminist Studies, SOULS, and other academic journals and edited volumes.  In 2013 she received the Distinguished Professor Teaching Award for the University of California, Berkeley.  Only 5% of the academic senate faculty receive this honor and she is the second African American woman in the history of the University to receive this award.



African American History (1890 – 1980)

Black Nationalism


Black Feminist Theory

African American Women’s History

Civil Rights and Black Power




Ula Y. Taylor, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Ula Y. Taylor, The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey (North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, August, 2002).

Ula Y. Taylor, J. Tarika Lewis, and Mario Van Pebbles, Panther: A Pictorial History of the Black Panthers and the Story Behind the Film (New York: Newmarket Press, 1995).


Ula Y. Taylor, “Introduction: The Shaping of an Activist and Scholar,” The Journal of African American History, vol. 96, no.2, (Spring 2011), 204-214.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Combing the Archive, Tracing the Diaspora: The Scholarship of Gerald Horne,” The Journal of African American History, vol. 96, no.2, (Spring 2011), 215-220.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Origins of African American Studies at UC-Berkeley,” The Western Journal of Black Studies, vol.34, no.2, (Summer 2010), 256-264.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Women in the Documents: Thoughts on Uncovering the Personal, Political, and Professional,”Journal of Women’s History, vol.20, no.1, (Spring 2008), 187-196.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Street Scholars: Grounding the Theory of Black Women Intellectuals” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, vol. 30, no. 2 (July 2006), 153-171.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Amy Jacques Garvey: Community Feminist,” Journal of Women’s History vol.12, no.2 (Spring 2000), 104-126.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Read[ing] Men and Nations: Women in the Black Radical Tradition,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, vol.1, no.4 (Fall, 1999), 72-80.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Proposition 209 and the Affirmative Action Debate on the University of California Campuses,” Feminist Studies. vol. 25, no. I (Spring, 1999), 95-103.

Ula Y. Taylor, “The Historical Evolution of Black Feminist Theory and Praxis,” Journal of Black Studies, vol. 29, no.2 (November, 1998), 234-253.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Intellectual Pan-African Feminists: Amy Ashwood-Garvey and Am y Jacques Garvey,” ABAFAZI: The Simmons College Journal of Women of African Descent, vol. 9, no. I (Fall/Winter, 1998), 10-18.

Ula Y. Taylor, “As-Salaam Alaikum, My Sister: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Women Who Followed Him,” Race & Society vol. l, no.2, (Spring, 1998), 177-196.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Making Waves: The Theory and Practice of Black Feminism,” The Black Scholar vol. 28, no. 2 (Summer, 1998), 18-28.

Chapter in Book

Ula Y. Taylor, “Too Black and Too Strong: First Lady Michelle Obama” published in The Obama Phenomenon: Toward a Multiracial Democracy (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2011), 236-249.
Ula Y. Taylor, “Black Feminisms and Human Agency” published in No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism (New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2010), 61-76.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Archival Thinking and the Wives of Marcus Garvey” published in Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2010), 125-134.

Ula Y. Taylor, “The Death of Dry Tears” published in Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2008), 172-181.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Black Feminism” published inBlack Women in America an Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 443-453.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam: Separatism, Regendering, and a Secular Approach to Black Power after Malcolm X (1965-1975)” published in Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South, 1940-1980 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), 177-198.

Ula Y. Taylor, “Amy Jacques Garvey (1896-1973),” in Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (New York: The New Press, 1995).

Biographical Entries

Ula Y. Taylor, “Amy Jacques Garvey,” in Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Vol. 2 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996).

Ula Y. Taylor, “Amy Jacques Garvey,” in African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (New York: Garland Pub., 1994).

Ula Y. Taylor, “Amy Jacques Garvey,” in Black Women in United States History and Encyclopedia (Brooklyn, New York: Carlson, Pub., 1993).

Book Reviews

Ula Y. Taylor, “Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture, and Identity,” in The Black Scholar (September, 1996).

Ula Y. Taylor, “Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalist Who Changed History,” Journal of American History (June, 1995.)


Ford Foundation Minority Dissertation Fellowship

University of California Presidential Dissertation Fellowship

Interdisciplinary Humanities Grant

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship