Young works in the areas of labor and urban economics, economic pedagogy, and social entrepreneurship, publishing in economics, leadership and popular and American culture journals. Most recently, her work on Harry Potter and labor economics theory appeared in the book, Harry Potter for Nerds, Vol. II.
Converse students thrive on the wide variety of Young’s courses, including Harry Potter and the Dismal Science and “Goldbugs, and Silver, and Land Tax, Oh My!”: Literary Economics in The Wizard of Oz.
Young has led students on international study programs in Europe, North Africa, Central America, and Asia. She has taught as a visiting scholar at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Fukushima College in Japan, and at the College of Economics and Technology at Anhui Agricultural University, in Hefei, China.
Regarding Young, President Krista Newkirk states, “She is passionate about teaching in ways that connect, engage, and excite students. She strives to ensure that each student is presented the knowledge they need in a way that makes learning relatable and fun.” Provost Jeffrey H. Barker adds that “Dr. Young finds innovative ways to show students how economics plays a vital role in their lives, using popular culture and examples from around the world.”