Michael Light

Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies

mlight@ssc.wisc.edu

(608) 262-1217

8144 Sewell Social Sciences
Office Hours: M 1:00-2:00 (Spring '20)

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Research Interest Statement:

Light’s work focuses on the legal and criminological consequences of international migration, the relationship between racial/ethnic stratification and crime, and the health consequences of major social and demographic shifts. Current projects in these areas examine the punishment of non-U.S. citizens before and after 9/11 as well as the relationship between undocumented immigration and violent crime.

Education:

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2013

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Race and Ethnic Studies, Law and Society, Social Stratification, Demography and Ecology, Deviance, Law, and Social Control

Classes:

Soc 440 Ethnicity Race and Justice
Soc 443 Immigration Crime and Enforcement

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for German and European Studies
Center for Law, Society & Justice
Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

Selected Publications:

Light, Michael T., Ellen Dinsmore, and Michael Massoglia. 2019. “How do Criminal Courts Respond in Times of Crisis? Evidence from 9/11.” American Journal of Sociology. 125: 485-533.

Light, Michael T. and Julia Thomas.  2019. “Segregation and Violence Reconsidered: Do Whites Benefit from Residential Segregation?”American Sociological Review 125: 1-36.

Light, Michael T. and Ty Miller. 2018. “Does Undocumented Immigration Increase Violent Crime?” Criminology 56: 370-401.

Light, Michael T. and Joey Marshall. 2018. “On the Weak Mortality Returns of the Prison Boom: Comparing Infant Mortality and Homicide in the Incarceration Ledger.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 59: 3-19.

Light, Michael T. Ty Miller, and Brian C. Kelly. 2017. “Undocumented Immigration, Drug Problems, and Driving under the influence (DUI), 1990-2014.” American Journal of Public Health.

Houle, Jason N., and Michael T. Light. 2017. “The Harder They Fall? Sex and Race/Ethnic Specific Suicide Rates in the Us Foreclosure Crisis.” Social Science & Medicine 180: 114-24. PMCID 6076432.

Light, Michael T. 2017. “Re-examining the Relationship between Latino Immigration and Racial/Ethnic Violence.” Social Science Research 65: 222-239.

Light, Michael T. 2017. “Punishing the ‘Others’: Citizenship and State Social Control in the United States and Germany.” European Journal of Sociology 58: 33-71.

Light, Michael T. and Jeffery T. Ulmer. 2016. “Explaining the Gaps in White, Black and Hispanic Violence since 1990: Accounting for Immigration, Incarceration, and Inequality.” American Sociological Review 81: 290-315.

Light, Michael T. 2016. “The Punishment Consequences of Lacking National Membership in Germany, 1998-2010.” Social Forces 94: 1385-1408.

Light, Michael T., Michael Massoglia, and Ryan D. King. 2014. “Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts.” American Sociological Review 79: 825-847.

Light, Michael T. 2014. “The New Face of Legal Inequality: Noncitizens and the Long-Term Trends in Sentencing Disparities across U.S. District Courts, 1992-2009.” Law & Society Review 48: 447-478.

Houle, Jason N. and Michael T. Light. 2014. “The Home Foreclosure Crisis and Rising Suicide Rates, 2005-2010.” American Journal of Public Health 104: 1073-1079.