Michael T. Light

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University (2013)
    M.A., Criminology, The Pennsylvania State University (2010)

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • sociology of punishment; criminology; citizenship and immigration

  • Michael Light joined the Department of Sociology at Purdue in 2013 after completing his Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A. in Criminology from the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests center on criminology, immigration and citizenship, sociology of punishment, stratification, and urban sociology. More specifically, his ongoing research documents the patterns, determinants, and consequences of citizenship and racial/ethnic inequality under the law, the link between racial/ethnic stratification and criminal offending, and the role of social context in determining the racial identifications of Hispanic-Americans.

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