I’m Taylor, the writer and podcaster behind Policy Out Loud. You can read a little bit more about me on my profile page.
It’s my mission to make Policy Out Loud a platform that makes the language around domestic and foreign policy more accessible to people who are passionate about the world around them. I want to reduce the gap between research and the policy-making process, and people. Policy, one of the greatest forces in our everyday lives, is often created quietly and out of view. It is my goal to change this by creating a platform committed to unpacking the complex role policy plays in creating, fortifying and/or dismantling the systems around us.
This blog is dedicated to unpacking social, political, and economic issues as they relate to policy from both regional and global perspectives. On this platform you will find resources to connect with individuals, businesses, and organizations who play a role in policy creation, read articles about policy in various fields, listen to experts talk about the work they are doing in their area of focus, and learn how this work affects the systems and policy structures in which we live.
I was a lifestyle blogger for five years before completing my Master’s Degree in political science with a focus in policy. When 2020 hit the world like a freight train, I woke up one morning and looked at the big, messy, complex world and the messaging available to readers and thought to myself, “is this really the best we can do?” This is when I chose to leverage my academic passions and shift the blog from a story of self, to a story of community.
My life has afforded me the ability to live and work in different corners of the world. These vantage points have included the inside of lockdown facilities, in courtrooms and church pews, in graveyards and soup-kitchen lines; the places where the lowest levels of policy take on names and faces and heartbeats. I am passionate about this work because I have seen first hand how real world problems + real world policy can affect very real people.
It is my hope that this continues to be your go-to resource for all things policy, year after year. I am so happy to have you here.
Your Partner in Policy,