Young’s research examines why U.S. government policies tend to reflect the interests of corporations and other elite institutions, while also seeking to understand how popular movements can disrupt that pattern and construct a more just, democratic, and sustainable world. He is currently engaged in a collaborative research project on the dynamics of political power during the Obama era. The project tries to explain the shortage of progressive policy change as well as the reasons behind the few progressive policy victories since 2009. In addition to teaching and academic research, Young has worked as an organizer and researcher in the antiwar, labor, housing rights, single-payer healthcare, and Latin American solidarity movements. Before joining University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Young worked as a researcher for the Museum of the Word and the Image in El Salvador.
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