Michael Young

Michael Young

Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
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PhD, International Relations, The Ohio State University

BS, Molecular Genetics with Honors, The Ohio State University 

BA, Political Science, The Ohio State University

Michael Young

Michael D. Young is an assistant professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the University at Albany. He joined the University in 2016.

A political scientist trained in international relations, theory and methods, and political psychology, he is also the president and co-founder of Social Science Automation, Inc., and the executive for Threat Triage LLC.

Most recently he served as a professor at The Ohio State University. Prior to his higher education tenure, he served in the US Intelligence Community and subsequently spent 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 holds a BA in Political Science, a BS in Molecular Genetics, and a PhD in International Relations, Theory and Methods, all from The Ohio State University.


CEHC Courses Taught

Introduction to Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (Freshman)

Critical Inquiry and Communication (intensive writing, Sophomore)

Psychology of Terrorism (Junior)

Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Junior)

Capstone Project in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Senior)

Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism (Masters)

Text Analysis (Masters)

Intelligence Analysis Research Seminar (Masters)

Leaders and Individual Assessment (Masters, beginning SP 22)


Research Interests

Role of Beliefs in Policy Decision Making in Homeland Security and International Relations