Dr. Kathleen Taylor – USA(R)

Academic Events Coordinator

LTC (Ret) Kathleen J. Taylor is from NJ and was commissioned in 1986 through the ROTC program at Rutgers University. Following graduation, she was commissioned a Military Police officer and served in a variety of operational assignments. Halfway through Kathleen’s career she was selected to be a Russian Foreign Area officer and served in numerous embassies abroad. Kathleen culminated her career as an Academy Professor of the Russian Language at The United States Military Academy at West Point. She taught the Basic through advanced Russian language courses.


  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2010 (Applied Linguistics/Pedagogy with minor in Russian Literature)
  • Diploma, National War College, National Defense University, 2012 (Strategic Studies)
  • Summer Russian Language Teachers Program, U.S. Department. of Education, 2007 with service at Moscow State University, Russia
  • MA, Columbia University, 1996 (International Affairs, Russian Area Studies)
  • BA, Rutgers University, 1986 (Journalism and Mass Media)
  • Defense Language Institute, 1994 (Russian)
  • Military Police Officers Basic Course, 1986

Career Highlights

  • Associate Dean for International Intellectual Development/Associate Professor of Russian, United State Military Academy (USMA) at West Point (2012-14)
  • Academy Professor and Acting Deputy, Department of Foreign languages, United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point (2006-11)
  • Professor of Military Science, University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • Deputy Provost Marshal 4th Inf Div. (Mech) FT Hood, TX (2003)
  • Battalion XO, 720th MP BN, III Corps and FT Hood, TX (2000)
  • Russian Liaison Officer for (MND-N) during operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1997)

Branch/Specialty: Military Police/Russian Foreign Area Officer/Academy Professor

Languages Spoken: Russian

OCONUS Travel: Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany, Panama, Kuwait, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq, Lithuania, Latvia, Kazakhstan

Hometown: Stratford, NJ

Extra-curricular interests: Biking, Cooking, Bible Study, Sports