Atkinson Center Leadership
Carrie Young manages internal programs for the Atkinson Center, including the design and management of the new Atkinson Sustainability Leadership Program, management of the 150+ person Research Fellows group, and support for programs such as the postdoctoral program and Academic Venture Fund grant program.
Carrie holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at Cornell. Her research seeks to strengthen education and communication around inter-related sustainability issues in the United States and Africa. She is especially interested in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa, and in working on communication efforts that respond to challenges relating to food security, climate change, wildlife conservation, social equality, and other related issues facing smallholder farmers. Countries of interest include Mali, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.
Her work is inspired by time living in a small rural farming village in Mali, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer. Carrie is also part of growing efforts, led by organizations such as the Atkinson Center, to strengthen the real-world impact of academic research and other efforts coming out of academic institutions.
Carrie previously worked as a Researcher for National Geographic, Managing Editor of SC Wildlife Magazine, and Company Manager of Tapestry Theatre, an educational theatre company in Wilmington, N.C. She is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Student Honor Society for Diversity and Inclusion. Carrie has taught University-level courses for both graduate and undergraduate students over the past decade.
She is also a creative writer and adventurer, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 and walking over 90 miles of the Camino de Santiago in 2017.