Department of International Studies
Faculty Name: Dr. Karen Elizabeth Young
Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science
College/School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of International Studies
Office Location: Physics 230
Phone: +(971) 6 515 2436
Fax: +(971) 6 515 5152516
E-mail: View e-mail address
Teaching Areas  
International Relations, International Political Economy, Politics of Development, Wars, Conflicts and Diplomacy, International Organizations
Research Areas
International Relations, Political Economy, Comparative Politics (Political Economy of the GCC, Transitions and Economic Reform)
  • BA, Anthropology, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA, 1997
  • MA, International Economic Relations, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Quito, Ecuador, 1999
  • MA, Political Science, Columbia University, New York, USA, 2000
  • PhD Political Science, City University of New York, Graduate Center, NY, USA 2009
Professional Experience  
  • Associate Director of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University, New York, USA 2006-2007
  • Research Associate, Ford Foundation, New York, USA, 2005
  • Adjunct Instructor, Queens College, Department of Political Science, New York, USA, 2004-05
  • Assistant Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University, New York, USA, 2001-2003
American Political Science Association, International Studies Association
Academic and Professional Awards  
  • Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics, 2013
  • Director, Colloquium on Law and Public Policy in the UAE (US State Dept funded) 2012
  • International Research and Exchange Board, dissertation award 2005-06
  • American Council of Learned Societies, dissertation fellowship
  • Fulbright Fellowship to Ecuador (1997-99); Bulgaria (2005-06)
Selected Research, Scholarship and Creative Work
  • “Compromise and Credibility: Security Council Reform?’ with Thomas G. Weiss, Security Dialogue, 36:2, June 2005.
  Conference Presentations
  • "The Evolving Nature of Gulf Arab State Interventionism" International Studies Association, Budapest, June 2013
  • “Clean, Dirty or Mean: State-building and the Politics of Clean Energy Investment in the United Arab Emirates,” 2nd Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University, July 6-9, 2011.
  • Television Interview: Al Jazeera, Inside Story, June 30, 2011 “Greece: Bailouts, Austerity and Protests”
  • Television Interview: Al Jazeera International (English language cable network), Inside Story August 1, 2011 “US Debt Ceiling Crisis”
  • “Crisis of Consistency,” Gulf News, 6 November 2011.
  • “Salute to Women Driving Revolutions,” Gulf News, 8 July 2011.
  • “Better Targeting of Aid Will Ensure a Lasting Arab Spring,” The National, 3 June 2011.

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