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Sean Young

Sean L. Young, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer in Urban Studies and Faculty Director of Wheaton in Chicago

On Faculty since 2020



sean.young@wheaton.edu

Ph.D. Sociology, Loyola University Chicago (2019)
Dissertation: Pathways for Democracy: Organizational and Individual Impacts of Community Organizing. This study examines how the field of community organizing affects the capacity of nonprofit community-based organizations to support civil society and the strategies participants employ to meet their respective institutional goals. Dissertation readers: Professor Phil Nyden (Sociology, Chair), Associate Professor Marilyn Krogh (Sociology), Assistant Professor Amy Krings (Social Work).

M.A. Sociology, Loyola University Chicago (2011)

M.A. Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary (1999)
Thesis: Contemporary Opportunities for Faith-Based Community Development Organizations in Rural East Africa

B.S. Physics/Pre-Med
Roberts Wesleyan College (1993)

  • Urban Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Public and Applied Sociology
  • Social Movements and Activism
  • Organizations
  • Community
  • Sociology of Culture and Media
  • Race and Ethnicity

Young, Sean. 2019. “Urban Riots and Public Disorder” and “Eminent Domain” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Orum, Anthony M., et al., eds. Wiley Blackwell.

Young, Sean, Teresa Neumann, and Phil Nyden. 2017. “Scaling Up to Increase Community-Based Organization Voice.” Journal of Community Practice 26(1): 63-80.
*Winner of the 2019 Mary O. Weil Award for Best Article of the Year by the Association for Community Organization & Social Action

Nyden, Phil, Sean Young, and Richard Wasserman. n.d. “Community Uprooted: Eminent Domain in the U.S.” Loyola University Chicago – Community Uprooted: Eminent Domain in the U.S. Chicago: Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago.

Young, Sean. 2016. “Book Review: Americans Against the City, by Steven Conn”, Urban Geography Research Group, www.urban-geography.org.uk.

Reports and Other Publications

Young, Sean, Gab Miranda, Ruth Ruberwa, and Whitney Vandenheuvel. 2016. “TOPA in Chicago – Can Chicago Duplicate the DC TOPA Policy?”, ONE Northside policy report for Affordable Housing Team members: www.onenorthside.org.

Neuman, Teresa and Sean Young. (2017). ONE Northside Merger Evaluation. Chicago: Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago.

Young, Sean (Writer and Producer). 2014. “Hallmarks of Collaboration”, The Undergrad Experience”, “Partner Perspectives”, and “Benefits to Community Partners.” CURL website videos. Retrieved May 20, 2016 (http://loyolacurl.squarespace.com/videos/).

Works in Progress

Young, Sean, Kathleen Maas Weigert, and Michael Okinczyc. “Community Organizing and Progressive Religious Activists: Strategies and Tensions.” Presented at Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2018.

Preparing for publication.
Young, Sean. “Social Movement Coalitions and the Third Sector: Building the Civic Capacities of Community-Based Organizations.” Preparing or publication

2018 “Social Movement Coalitions and the Third Sector: Building the Civic Capacities of Community-Based Organizations.” Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action meeting, Austin, TX.

2018 “Community Organizing and Progressive Religious Activists: Strategies and Tensions.” Society for the Study of Social Problems meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

2018 “Political Engagement and Political Cover: Variable Participation of Community-Based Organizations in Community Organizing Coalitions.” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

2016 “Public Sociology as Disciplinary Citizenship: A Case Study of Collaborative Research’s Contributions to Community-Based Organizations.” Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts University, Medford, MA.

2015 “Taking the Special Field Exam: Graduate Student Brown Bag Series”, Dept of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago.

2015 “Scaling Up to Increase Community Based Organization Voice.” Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, IL.

2015 “Building the Collaborative Web: Relationships Between Community Organizing, Foundations, Advocacy, and Universities”. Co-organizer, roundtable, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

2015 “Scaling Up to Increase Community Based Organization Voice.” Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

2014 “The Suburbs are NOT Alright: A Sociological Perspective on the Evolution of Horror in America”, Sociology of Horror Film Night, Loyola University Sociology Club.

  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA)
  • Urban Affairs Association (UAA)
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

Awards

Mary O. Weil Award for Best Article in the Journal of Community Practice, Association for Community Organization & Social Action, 2019

Doctoral Fellowship A, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA), 2018

Excellence in Civic Engagement to Promote Social Justice, Council of Graduate School Programs, Loyola University Chicago, 2018

Summer Research Award, Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago, 2017

Summer Research Award, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, 2016

Research Mentorship Program Award, Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago, 2016

Pre-Doctoral Teaching Scholar Fellowship, Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago, 2015-2016

Outstanding Graduate Student for Service to the Department Award, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago 2015

Merit Award Fellowship, Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago, 2012-2015

Professional Honors

Featured on American Sociological Association: Sociology in Action website, 2018

Selected participant for the Summer Institute of Civic Studies, Tufts University, 2016

Alpha Sigma Nu inductee, National Jesuit Honor Society, 2015