Alan C. Taylor

About me

I grew up on a mountain swallowed up by kudzu just across the river from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In college and graduate school I studied nineteenth-century American literature, culture, and history. I’m interested in backcountry settlements in the early republic and conflicts between Native peoples and settlers.

I teach writing and research to first-year students at Dartmouth College.

I like open-source software and culture. I’m a fan of Canonical’s Ubuntu and System 76’s Pop OS. I’m particularly enthused by the Pandoc, Markdown, and Hugo projects.

Lately I’ve been listening to The National, Future Islands, and Aidan Knight a lot.

I’m a mildly accomplished computer nerd.

I have two adorable little kids who never let me get a full night’s sleep but are probably the best thing that ever happened to me.