I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan where my research focuses on nationalism, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. My dissertation examines the intersection of Islam, national identity, and democratization in contemporary  Tunisia. Additional projects examine state formation in Yemen and citizenship and naturalization policies in Europe.  

My research interests include:

  • Nationalism
  • Religion & Politics
  • State Formation
  • Citizenship 
  • Collective Memory 
  • Elections & Democratization
  • The Middle East & North Africa 

I hold a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Religion from Haverford College

In addition to my academic research, I've worked with several think tanks and NGOs on democratization, elections, and governance in the Middle East & North Africa and Europe. I'm particularly interested in electoral integrity and have served as an election precinct chairperson in Ann Arbor, MI and as an international election observer in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Tunisia, and Yemen. I am currently a visiting Ph.D. researcher at the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney.

A native of Atlanta, I've also lived and worked in France, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen.  

I can be contacted at elyyoung@umich.edu.