Dr. Stephen Young

Associate Professor
SH 733


Dr. Young began his career at Marshall University in 2017. He has taught over 15 courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Young acts as a co-advisor for the Omega Gamma chapter of the CJ honor society Alpha Phi Sigma (APS). As part of this work, he engages students beyond the classroom through service, national conferences, and community building. He resides with his wife, Christina who also works in the criminal justice field.

His research interests focus predominantly on rural criminology and carceral studies with an emphasis on the Appalachian region. He has several scholarly publications in Critical Criminology, Social Justice, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, and College Teaching. In addition, his contributions can be found in various edited books such as Research Methods for Rural Criminologists. Dr. Young also works to connect both his research and pedagogy with the community to support the improvement of the Appalachian region.

Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
M.S. Criminal Justice, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
B.A. Psychology and Criminal Justice, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Marshall University, John Marshall Summer Scholar Award, 2023
Marshall University, Pickens-Queen Teaching Award, 2021-2022
Marshall University, Undergraduate Creative Discovery & Research Scholar Award, 2018 and 2019
Old Dominion University, Graduate Student Leader of the Year, 2016-2017
Old Dominion University, Criminology and Criminal Justice Ph.D. Program Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014-2015