Sarah Maxwell earned her Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. She is currently Assistant Provost, Office of Community College Relations and Associate Professor in the Public and Nonprofit Management program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She previously served as Associate Dean, Office of the Executive Vice President; Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education; and Assistant Dean, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Her numerous refereed articles and book chapters focus on nonprofit organizations and youth development with a more recent interest in tick-borne illness, chronic disease, and health policy.
Dr. Maxwell is also engaged in health initiatives for vulnerable populations, recently receiving a grant to assess tick-borne illness as an occupational hazard among migrant and seasonal farm workers. She also received funding to provide an educational social media campaign on Lyme Disease. Dr. Maxwell authored a book titled, Success and solitude: Feminist organizations fifty years after the Feminine Mystique, and she served as the Principal Investigator under a U.S. Department of Justice grant to provide academic and career-focused mentoring to at-risk youth. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Maxwell managed $10 million in federal, state, and private grants while working for a national nonprofit organization.
During this time, she organized a joint task force between the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Justice to study promising employment practices for court-involved youth. She also worked as a consultant to nonprofits and federal contractors, developing best practice and management guidelines for youth offender and youth development practitioners. When she is not writing or teaching, Dr. Maxwell can be found fostering service dogs and serving as an ambassador for the Global Lyme Alliance.