Sarah Young

Professor of Public Administration, Kennesaw State

Sarah Young

Dr. Sarah L. Young, Professor of Public Administration at Kennesaw State University, serves as the Director of Research for CARE Services, a campus support program for students who experienced foster care or unaccompanied homelessness. Her research uses systems-based approaches to study the intersection of nonprofit, public management, and equity, especially during periods of crisis.

Dr. Young earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University’s Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and her M.B.A. in nonprofit management from the University of Tampa Sykes College of Business. She is the incoming co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and on the editorial board of Teaching Public Administration. Dr. Young’s research is published in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and other leading academic journals. She is the author of three forthcoming books, Social Equity Budgeting, A Roadmap to Social Change, and Building a Fair Society: A Global Outlook of Public Management in Achieving Social Equity. Dr. Young has accrued ~$2.0 million in funded grants and routinely serves as a subject matter expert in national and international news outlets like Nonprofit Quarterly,, and the London School of Economics Policy and Politics column, among others.

Dr. Young has won multiple awards for her leadership and scholarship. In 2021, her article, “Erased: Why Faculty Sexual Misconduct is Prevalent and How We Could Prevent It” catalyzed a movement uniting 15 leading academic journals, multiple academic associations, and numerous higher ed institutions in addressing faculty sexual misconduct. For this work, Dr. Young won the university’s leadership award in 2021 and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration – Journal of Public Affairs Education Outstanding Article of the Year award in 2022. Also in 2022, Dr. Young and her co-authors won the American Society of Public Administration’s Best Nonprofit Paper of the Year award for their paper “Resiliency Tactics during Financial Crisis: The Nonprofit Resiliency Framework".

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