Michelle D. Young

Michelle D. Young, PhD, is dean and professor of Berkeley School of Education.

Young began her tenure at Berkeley on June 15, 2023, after serving three years as dean and professor of educational leadership and policy at Loyola Marymount University's School of Education.

At LMU, she created new positions devoted to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism and justice and embedded that work within the school’s strategic plan. Prior to LMU, Young was a professor of educational leadership and policy, chair of the Department of Education leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia. She has also served as executive director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a national consortium of higher education institutions focused on educational leadership. Her UCEA team built a mentorship program to build, support and guide a network of graduate students of color into higher education research and academic positions. More than 1,000 scholars have engaged with that program since 2006, which ultimately has enhanced and diversified the educational leadership professoriate and the membership and leadership of both UCEA and Division A of the American Educational Research Association.

Young has co-edited or co-authored 11 books and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, "Redesigning educational leadership preparation for equity: Strategies for innovation and improvement," was published in September 2021 (Routledge), and her “Handbook of Critical Education Research: Qualitative, Quantitative and Emerging Approaches,” was published in 2023 (Routledge).

Among her awards and honors are the William J. Davis Award for most outstanding article; an Emerald Literati Award for Excellence; and the prestigious Edwin M. Bridges Award for her contributions to research on the preparation of education leaders.

Young earned her PhD in educational policy, planning and leadership from the University of Texas at Austin; her master of education in special education with an emphasis on learning disabilities and second language learners from the University of Texas at Austin; and her bachelor of arts in sociology and political science from Southwestern University.

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Dean Michelle D Young smiling at camera


PhD, University of Texas at Austin

MA, University of Texas at Austin

BA, Southwestern University



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