Karen E. Young is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She joined AGSIW in July 2015 from the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science where she was a research fellow (2014-15) and visiting fellow (2013, 2015-17). From 2009-14, she was an assistant professor of political science at the American University of Sharjah (UAE). Her research interests are based in comparative politics and political economy, focusing on processes of economic and political transition, state formation, and foreign policy decision making.
Young is the author of The Political Economy of Energy, Finance and Security in the United Arab Emirates: Between the Majilis and the Market, published by Palgrave in 2014. She has published widely in policy and academic journals and her comments are featured regularly in the Gulf regional and international media. Young writes a regular commentary for AGSIW on Gulf politics and finance called Market Watch.
Young earned a PhD in political science from the City University of New York, an MA in political science from Columbia University, an MA in international economic relations from the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar (Quito), and a BA in anthropology from Wellesley College. She has worked in university administration at New York University and held research positions at the Ford Foundation, the Ralph Bunche Institute, and the Program on States and Security at the City University of New York.
Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Program (Ecuador 1997-99; Bulgaria 2005-06), the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Woodrow Wilson Center, U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), American Political Science Association MENA Fellows Program and the Carnegie Corporation, and Emirates Foundation.