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Laura D. Young

Limited Term Lecturer // Political Science

Curriculum vitae

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POL 327 Global Green Politics

POL 223 Intro to Environmental Policy 

POL 130 Intro to International Relations

POL 120 Intro to Public Policy and Public Administration 

Career Summary

I received my PhD from Purdue University with a major in International Relations and am currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and serve as faculty for Environmental Science at Georgia Gwinnett College. I am also faculty for Aurora University’s online Master of Public Administration program and am a limited term lecturer for the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. My research focuses on the impact crises have on political behavior and institutions. I also have a specialized interest in the global politics of climate change, and have published multiple articles related to teaching pedagogy.



2021, Young, Laura D. & Erin B. Fitz, “Who are the 3 Per Cent? The Connections Among Climate Change Contrarians.” British Journal of Political Science. (4).

2019, Young, Laura D. & Nusta Carranza Ko. Game of Thrones and the Theories of International Relations, Lexington Books: Politics, Literature & Film series.

2019, Young, Laura D. & James McCann. “The Comparative Politics of Public Relations,” in The Global Public Relations Handbook: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3rd ed., K. Sriramesh and D. Vercic (Eds), New York; Routledge, Chapter 1.

2019, Lewkowicz, Michael, Dovile Budryte, Scott Boykin, Laura Young, & Yohannes Gedamu, “Classroom Activities for OpenStax American Government.” Political Science Ancillary Materials. 2.

2018, Young, Laura D., Nusta Carranza Ko, & Michael Perrin, “Using Game of Thrones to Teach International Relations,” Journal of Political Science Education, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2017.1409631   

2018, Young, Laura D. “Celebrity Diplomacy,” in The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. Ed. Gordon Martel, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Vol. I.

2018, Lewkowicz, Michael, Laura D. Young, Dovile Budryte, & Scott Boykin. “Bringing the Study of American Government to Life in a Diverse Classroom: Internationalization and Personalization,” in Handbook of Research on Curriculum Internationalization and the Future of Global Education. Eds Semire Dikli, Richard Rawls and Brian Etheridge, IGI Global, pp. 1-17.

2018, Zimmerman, Kathryn, Laura D. Young, & Kelsey Woodard. “Measurement of Hazardous Air Pollutants in Metro Atlanta: A Political Analysis regarding Environmental Justice,” in Environmental Chemistry: Undergraduate & Graduate Classroom, Laboratory & Local Community Learning Experiences, Eds. Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff and Mark Benvenuto, pages 21 – 48.

2017, Kerven, David, Kristine Nagel, Stella Smith, Sherly Abraham & Laura D. Young. “Cybersecurity: Scenario-Based Inquiry for Engagement in Computer Literacy Education,” SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science, Seattle (March), pages 303-308 DOI: 10.1145/3017680.3017753.

2013, Young, Laura D. “Unilateral Presidential Policy Making and the Impact of Crises." Presidential Studies Quarterly. (June) 43:2.


Awards and Accomplishments

2015 Distinguished Faculty of the Year, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Purdue University

2015 Most Outstanding Faculty Member in Academics, Research, and Service, Favorite Faculty Student Committee, University Residents, Purdue University

2013 Associate Fellow Induction, Teaching Academy, Purdue University

2013 Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants Award

2012 Outstanding Independent Instructor Award