Ralph Young

author "Dissent: The History of an American Idea"

Ralph Young is a Professor of History at Temple University, and the author of Dissent: The History of an American Idea, a narrative history of the United States from the standpoint of dissenters and protests movements. That book was a finalist for the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.

Young is also the author of Make Art Not War: Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century, and editor of Dissent in America: Voices That Shaped a Nation. His writing has appeared in The New England Quarterly, USA Today Magazine, the History News Network, and in blogs for the National Constitution Center, Salon, and Truthout.org, among other outlets.

At Temple University, Young is the founder of weekly, campus-wide “teach-ins,” in which students and faculty investigate the historical context of controversial contemporary issues. Young has been honored with the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, Honors Professor of the Year, and the Lindback Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. He was a Fulbright Specialist Fellow at the University of Rome and every two years he teaches a seminar on dissent movements at Charles University in Prague. Previously, he taught at the University of London and at Bremen University in Germany. 

Young received his PhD from Michigan State University.