Sarah L. Young

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Associate Professor of Public Administration
Director of Research, KSU CARES
Community Engagement Liaison, Office of Research

395 Cobb Ave NE
Office 172J, MD 0506 
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Dr. Sarah L. Young's C.V.

Dr. Sarah L. Young is an Associate Professor in the School of Government & International Affairs at Kennesaw State University. She also serves as the Director of Research for KSU CARES, a campus support program for students who experienced foster care or homelessness and as the Community Engagement Faculty Liaison for the Office of Research. Her research uses systems-based approaches to study the intersection of nonprofit and public management, community engagement, and social equity.

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 is on the editorial boards of the academic journals Teaching Public Administration and Journal of Public Affairs Education. Her research is published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and other leading academic journals. Dr. Young’s work has also been translated for practitioners and published in mainstream outlets such as Nonprofit Quarterly,, Inside HigherEd, Tampa Bay Times, and The Poynter Institute, among others. Her recent article, “Erased: Why faculty sexual misconduct is prevalent and how we could prevent it” went viral on social media, catalyzing a movement that united 15 of the leading academic journals, along with numerous associations and institutions, to address faculty sexual misconduct. Dr. Young won the university’s leadership award in 2021 and was nominated to NASPAA’s leadership program for this work.

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