Michael T. Light

Michael T. Light
907 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (586) 703-3889

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology (expected), 2013
  2. M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, Crime, Law and Justice, 2010
  3. B.A., Albion College, Albion, MI, Sociology (Cum Laude), 2007

Biography:

Research Interests

Criminology, Immigration and Citizenship, Sociology of Punishment, Stratification, Urban Sociology

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

  • Crawford Family Fellowship in Ethical Inquiry, Rock Ethics Institute, Pennsylvania State University. 2012-2013.
  • Fellow, Rock Ethics Institute, Pennsylvania State University. 2012-2013.
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Freiburg, Germany. 2012.
  • Rock Ethics Dissertation Research Award, Rock Ethics Institute, Pennsylvania State University. 2012.
  • 1st Prize, American Sociological Association Student Paper Award in the area of Crime, Law, and Deviance (with Casey T. Harris). 2010.
  • 2nd Prize, American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Award: “Race, Space, and Violence (with Casey T. Harris). 2010.
  • 1st Prize, Penn State Crime, Law and Justice Graduate Student Paper Competition (with Casey T. Harris). 2010.
  • 2nd Prize, Young Scholar Paper Competition at SUNY Albany Symposium, The Past and Future of Empirical Sentencing Research. 2010.

funded research

  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant. “Punishing the ‘Others’: Understanding Citizenship through Punishment in the United States and Germany.” (PI) $18,074 (SES-1226453).
  • Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University. Mary O’Neill Marsh Student Enhancement Fund in Crime, Law, and Justice Grant. “The International Use of Incarceration.” (PI) $1,100.

Journal Articles

  • Light, Michael T. and Casey T. Harris. Forthcoming. “Race, Space, and Violence: Exploring Spatial Dependence in Structural Covariates of White and Black Violent Crime in U.S. Counties.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T., Michael T. Light, and John Kramer. 2011. “Racial Disparity in the Wake of the Booker/Fanfan Decision: An Alternative Analysis to the USSC’s 2010 Report.” Criminology & Public Policy 10: 1077-1118.
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T., Michael T. Light, and John Kramer. 2011. “Does Increased Judicial Discretion Lead to Increased Disparity? The “Liberation” of Judicial Sentencing Discretion In the Wake of the Booker/Fanfan Decision.” Justice Quarterly 28: 799-837.
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T. and Michael T. Light. 2011. “Beyond Disparity: Changes in Federal Sentencing Post-Booker and Gall.Federal Sentencing Reporter 23(5):333-341.
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T. and Michael T. Light. 2010. “Federal Case Processing and Sentencing Before and After the Booker/Fanfan Decision: Little Has Changed.” Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice 14:143-178.
  • Light, Michael T. and Dimeji Togunde. 2008. “The Mexican Immigration Debate: Assimilation and Public Policy.” International Review of Modern Sociology 34(2): 279-293.

Other Publications

  • Lopez, Mark Hugo and Michael T. Light. “A Rising Share: Hispanics and Federal Crime,” Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2009).

Manuscripts Under Review

  • Light, Michael T., Michael Massoglia, and Ryan D. King. “Immigrants and Outlaws: The Salience of Citizenship in Criminal Courts.” (2nd Revise and Resubmit to the American Sociological Review.)
  • Light, Michael T. “Who’s Unequal Under Law? Race/Ethnicity, Citizenship, and the Long-Term Trends in Sentencing Disparities. (In preparation for resubmission to Law & Society Review)