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Sarah Young, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: 678-696-2012

Office: Strickland Academic, 159, Gainesville


Sarah Young Ph.D., M.B.A., C.P.M., has been involved in nonprofit operations since birth. Her mother was the Founding Director of Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay, as well as the night manager. Sarah grew up living at RMHC Tampa Bay located inside All Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Sarah Young has worked for and consulted with, numerous nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including C5 Youth (Coca-Cola’s Foundation for under-resourced youth), AMIkids national headquarters, United Ways of North Georgia, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 she consulted on the development of the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence, which spawned her dissertation on the development of nonprofit capacity-building networks. Dr. Young’s dissertation led to her being named an emerging scholar in nonprofits by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in 2016.

Dr. Young earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University’s Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and served on their faculty for three years. During her time with FSU Dr. Young helped manage a $38.6 million-dollar Department of Education grant and worked collaboratively with the Florida Center for Public Management and Center for Civic and Nonprofit Leadership to develop a nonprofit education program. In the fall of 2018, she joined the faculty at the University of North Georgia – Department of Political Science & International Affairs, one of the six senior military colleges in the United States. In her first year at UNG, Dr. Young won the university's engagement award for her work to integrate nonprofits, the community, and the classroom. She was recently promoted to Assistant Director of Academic Engagement for the university.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys anything outdoors. She can often be found hiking, kayaking, running, or camping with her family.

Sarah maintains an active research and practitioner publication record.


Young S., Wiley, K., Searing, E. (2020, April 6). Voices from the Field: Tangible, Timely Tactics for Nonprofits during Crises. Nonprofit Quarterly

Searing, E., Wiley, K., and Young, S. “’Held Hostage’: How Illinois human services nonprofits survived a multi-year crisis.” Nonprofit Management and Leadership. (forthcoming).

Young, S. Searing, E., Wiley, K. (2020). “Squandered in real time: How public management theory underestimated the public administration-politics dichotomy.” The American Review of Public Administration. 

Young, S. and Berlan, D. “Public vs private engagement motivations: An analysis of what motivates nonprofit professionals to join associations by sector. Voluntary Sector Review. (Accepted).

Wiley, K., Searing, E., and Young, S. (2020). The Utility of the Advocacy Coalition Framework in a Regional Budget Crisis. Public Policy & Administration.

Young, S., Wiley, K., Searing, E., (2019). When politics and public administration collide: The impact on human service delivery. Illinois Municipal Policy Journal. 4(1) p. 104-120.

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