Ethan Young


Ethan Young (BK ’18) is a history major concentrating in politics and law from Knoxville, Tennessee. His research interests include higher education policy, American sectionalism, and the history of education. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and running, supporting Berkeley College, and following Volunteers football.


In the fall of 2017, Young’s research, entitled “Move the Chains: Football and Integration in Knoxville, Tennessee 1950–1980,” was published in The Yale Historical Review. The article investigates racial integration at Southern universities and their football teams.


In the summer of 2016, Young conducted independent research at the University of Cambridge focusing on student perceptions of U.K. higher education. Under the supervision of Dr. Sonia Ilie, he surveyed the massification of higher education, the United Kingdom’s efforts to improve access and widen participation, and the importance of post-graduation careers for incoming students. His final dissertation drew from current student interviews, existing policy, and research literature.



In the summer of 2017, Young worked as an analyst within the United States Intelligence Community (IC). He assessed intelligence collection systems, capabilities, processes, and policies to inform consumers about collection developments and their effect on analysis through written products and briefings. He also collaborated with colleagues across the IC to identify intelligence gaps and develop strategies to overcome collection challenges.

In the summer of 2016, Young worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in Nashville. Working alongside researchers and policymakers, he conducted regional-, state-, and national-level quantitative and qualitative research in the form of literature reviews and data assessments. Additionally, he wrote policy briefs and memos to distribute research and policy analyses.



splash.jpgThroughout his time at Yale, Young has taught science and English classes to New England high school students through Splash at Yale. At this conference-style event, he offered courses from poetry fundamentals to cephalopod dissections.

Since 2015, Young has mentored New Haven high school seniors entering the college application process via New Haven REACH and the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office. Through one-on-one conversations and student-parent conferences, Ethan has supported several students from application to acceptance and matriculation.