Sarah L. Young,
Dr. Sarah L. Young is a Professor in the School of Government & International Affairs at Kennesaw State University. She also serves as the Director of Research for CARE Services, a campus support program for former foster and unaccompanied homeless youth. Her research uses a systems-based approach to study the intersection of nonprofit management, public management, and community engagement.
Dr. Young earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University’s Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and her M.B.A. from the University of Tampa. Her dissertation won an Emerging Scholar award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in 2016. Dr. Young’s research is published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and other leading academic journals. Dr. Young and her co-authors won the Best Article of the Year Award from the American Society of Public Administraiton - Section on Nonprofits in 2022 for their work on nonprofit resiliency during a crisis.
Dr. Young's work has been translated for practitioners and published in mainstream outlets such as Nonprofit Quarterly, Medium.com, Tampa Bay Times, and the Poynter Institute, among others. She is an editorial board member for the academic journals Teaching Public Administration and Journal of Public Affairs Education.
Dr. Young's 2021 article, “Erased: Why faculty sexual misconduct is prevalent and how we could prevent it” went viral on social media. She and her co-author Dr. Kimberly Wiley led a movement that united the leading academic journals, along with numerous associations and institutions, to end faculty sexual misconduct. The movement is widely regarded as the first collective action initiative in public affairs education. Dr. Young won a university leadership award and the 2022 Outstanding Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Public Affairs Education.