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Michael Young

Policy Decision Making in Homeland Security and International Relations

The World Within Reach
Michael Young
Assistant Professor
 

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Address:
Draper Hall 342
Phone:
518-442-5783

 

Introduction

Dr. Michael Young is an Assistant Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security, University at Albany, SUNY. His research focus is on the role of beliefs in policy decision making in Homeland Security and International Relations. Michael is an expert in the field of automated text analysis, recognized for his development of Profiler Plus, a general purpose platform for automated text coding with a broad range of applications including psychological assessment, media analysis, social network analysis and political analysis, and of WorldView, a program for building and analyzing graphical representations of belief systems in the cognitive mapping tradition. Through ProfilerPlus.org he provides text analysis services to the global academic community.

Before joining the faculty of the University at Albany , Michael worked with the US Intelligence Community for fifteen years performing sponsored research and training analysts to more effectively assist US policy makers, planners, Combatant Commands, Joint Task Forces, and Special Operations Forces in assessing and forecasting foreign leadership behavior and decision making in international situations of critical interest to the United States of America—such as peacekeeping operations, crisis scenarios, or military conflicts.

Dr. Young received his PhD from The Ohio State University in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Theory and Methods, and Political Psychology.
A useful overview of his perspective on cognitive analysis can be found in “Is There Method in Our Madness? Ways of Assessing Cognition in International Relations” with Mark Schafer in the May 1998 issue of Mershon International Studies Review. His most recent publication is:
“Increased Complexity Has Its Benefits.” with Margaret G. Hermann, in the October 2014 issue of Political Psychology.

CEHC Research Interests

Role of beliefs in policy decision making in Homeland Security and International Relations