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Carl_Taylor_.jpgFrom MSU Today: Carl Taylor is an expert on urban youth culture, a professor of sociology at MSU and principal investigator for the Michigan Gang Research Project.

His current work focuses on the idea of an emerging “Third City” in U.S. metro areas. The Third City is a metaphor for communities that have been forgotten by mainstream culture and developed their own norms related to violence, drugs, weapons and amoral behavior. He believes it is imperative to stay engaged in positive youth and community development in these distressed Third City communities. Ignoring the decay, he believes, is associated with a range of societal costs — from dysfunctional civic institutions to potential threats to homeland security.

Taylor has worked with the Guggenheim Foundation, the C. S. Mott Foundation, the FBI Academy, and the Children’s Defense Fund. Taylor served on the Michigan Juvenile Justice Committee for more than 10 years and advises various projects concerning youth throughout America. He’s also been involved in Laura Bush’s Helping America’s Youth Initiative.

Taylor earned his bachelor’s (1971) in multidiscipline social science, his master’s (1976) in criminal justice and his Ph.D. (1980) in administration of higher education, all from Michigan State University.

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