Student Media Adviser (Center for Student Leadership)
Academic/professional background: Gordon Young earned an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1990 and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Nottingham in 1993. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Utne Reader and numerous other publications. He earned several awards for his reporting, including an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for Magazine Writing, an Arkansas Journalism Distinguished Service Award, and a James Beard Food & Drink Award nomination.
He is the author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City, which will be published by the University of California Press in June 2013.
Research interests: As a journalist, Gordon has written for a variety of publications and covered everything from then-Gov. Bill Clinton's welfare reform policies in Arkansas to Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army in California. More recently, his work has concentrated on economic and urban planning trends as the United States struggles with deindustrialization and shrinking cities. He also publishes Flint Expatriates: A blog for the long-lost residents of Flint, Michigan.
Teaching areas/responsibilities: Gordon teaches a variety of journalism courses, including Introduction to Journalism and Online Journalism. As part of a dual appointment with the Center for Student Leadership, he advises The Santa Clara student newspaper, The Redwood yearbook, and the university's community radio station, KSCU 103.3 FM. He also coordinates the Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition.
Arts and Sciences Building 228
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053