Patricia Young is the Program Manager for the Institute for European Studies. She has a doctorate in Political Science from Rutgers University and a master's in Economics from the University of Victoria, Canada. She wrote her dissertation on market and democratic reforms in Eastern Europe and the process of European Union enlargement. She came to Cornell in 2019 as a lecturer in Sociology and Government, teaching on the Transformation of Socialist Societies. Patricia has previously lectured at Stanford since 2010. She was born and raised in Romania and has lived in Canada and Mexico before moving to the US in 2004. She enjoys learning new foreign languages and hiking in Ithaca's gorgeous parks.