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Marie Balsley Taylor

Marie Balsley Taylor

Assistant Professor


Marie Balsley Taylor teaches and writes about Early American and Native American Literature. Her work examines the role that Indigenous people, places, and practices played in shaping the seventeenth century colonial literary genres. Her monograph, Indigenous Kinship, Colonial Texts, and the Contested Space of Early New England was published in 2023 as part of the Native Americans of the Northeast Series with the University of Massachusetts Press. She has also published in Early American LiteratureAfterlives of Indigenous Archives (University Press of New England 2020), Quakers and Natives Americans (Brill 2019), and has forthcoming chapters in American Contact: Intercultural Encounter and the History of the Book (Penn), Placing Religion in the Enlightenment (Oxford), and Gatherings: New Directions in Indigenous Book History.


  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.A. Georgetown University
  • B.A. Bethel University




  • “A Contested Pennacook Object in a Seventeenth Century Puritan Mission” in American Contact: Intercultural Encounter and the History of the Book. Eds. Rhae Lynn Barnes and Glenda Goodman. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press. Forthcoming 2024.
  • “The Sachem and the Minister: Questions, Answers, and Genre Formation in the New England Missionary Project” Early American Literature. 55.1, Spring 2020: 21-46.
  • “Recovering Indigenous Kinship: Community, Conversion, and the Digital Turn,” in Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in Honor of The Occom Circle, edited by Gordon Henry Jr. and Ivy Schweitzer. University Press of New England, 2019: 139-155.
  • “Apostates in the Woods: Quakers, Praying Indians, and Circuits of Communication in Humphrey Norton’s New-England’s Ensigne.Quakers, First Nations, and American Indians, edited by Geoffrey Plank and Ignacio Gallup-Diaz. Brill Book Series European Expansion and Indigenous Response, 2019: 30-53.