Georgia SorensonGeorgia Sorenson received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from American University in 1972, and in 1976, she received her Masters degree in Psychology (MA) from Hood College. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Maryland College Park in 1992. Sorenson founded the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1979. The mission of the Academy is to, "foster responsible and ethical leadership through scholarship, education, and training in the public interest."
Sorenson has been a research professor at the Academy of Leadership and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership since 2006. She currently serves on the editorial board of Leadership, Leadership Quarterly, and Leadership Review. She has also served as the Inaugural Chair and Professor of Transformational Leadership at the U.S. Army War College from 2005 to 2006, was a Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies Richmond from 2002 to 2004 and held a faculty appointment at Williams College and Ewa University in South Korea prior to that. From 2000 to 2006, Sorenson was an advisor for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. Sorenson is also the co-founder of the International Leadership Association and serves on the board of various non-profits.
Prior to academia, Sorenson was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Carter White House and served on the President's Productivity Council. She was a Social Science Analyst for the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights from 1976 to 1979, and a Social Science Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education from 1974 to 1976. Sorenson's work focuses on leadership, transformational leadership, presidential politics, and leadership in the non-profit sector.