GLOVERSVILLE -?Fifth Ward Supervisor Gregory Young will be among the graduates walking across the stage during commencement exercises this Friday at the University at Buffalo, a news release said.
He will receive a doctorate of philosophy in American studies after successfully defending his dissertation earlier this month, the release said. The University at Buffalo American Studies program is a nationally ranked interdisciplinary program which examines the local cultures, history and regions of the Americas within their geopolitical contexts, the release said.
According to the release, Young’s dissertation is titled “The Elephant and the Straw Man: Political Rhetoric, Popular Culture and the Construction of National Identities in the United States and Canada in the Free Trade Era.”
It examines Canadian-American relations since the passing of the NAFTA, the release said. He has presented his research at a variety of regional and national conferences, most recently at the annual convening of the New York State Political Science Association, the release said.
“My love for learning started in Gloversville schools and it inspired me to further my education. I’m excited to continue sharing my appreciation for the interconnectedness of our world both in my teaching and community engagement,” Young said in the release.
Young serves as an adjunct professor of political science through distance learning at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua and has also taught at the College of Saint Rose in Albany and Monroe Community College in Rochester, the news release said.
Born and raised in Gloversville and a 2003 graduate of Gloversville High School, Young is the son of the late Donald and Nancy Young of Gloversville.
He previously received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and government summa cum laude from The College of Saint Rose and has a certificate in Canadian studies from the University at Buffalo, the news release said.
Young is currently in his second term on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors, the news release said. He is also active in a number of community and national groups, including the Fulton County Museum, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council.
He is also currently the New York state director for the Young Elected Officials Network, the release said.