The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Kathryne Young

Assistant Professor

A sociologist and a legal scholar, Professor Young uses mixed methods, particularly ethnography and interviews, to examine the hidden social mechanisms that produce and maintain inequality within the criminal justice system. Her interests include law and society, criminal procedure, surveillance, rights, gender and masculinity, and legal education. Her work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and the Washington State Supreme Court.

In 2018, Professor Young won UMass Distinguished Teaching Award. She has done pro bono work on numerous criminal appeals and has worked at the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and the Federal Defender's Office for the Northern District of California.  She holds a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University (2014) and a JD from Stanford Law School (2011). 


Selected Publications


Kathryne M. Young, How to be Sort of Happy in Law School, Stanford University Press (2018).

Kathryne M. Young, "Masculine Undercompensation and Masculine Balance: Notes on the Hawaiian Cockfight," Social Forces (2017).

Kathryne M. Young and Joan Petersilia, “Keeping Track: How Surveillance and Control Processes in the Criminal Justice System Create and Sustain Second-Class Citizenship,” Harvard Law Review (2016).

Kathryne M. Young, “Everyone Knows the Game: Legitimacy and Legal Consciousness in the Hawaiian Cockfight,” 48 Law & Society Review 499 (2014).

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Courses at UMass


Policing and Surveillance (Soc 350)

The Law, Logic, and Social Science of Courtroom Evidence (Soc 218)

Self, Society, and Interpersonal Relations (Soc 105)

Law and Society (graduate seminar)

Teaching Sociology (graduate seminar)

The Holistic PhD (graduate seminar)

Teaching Social Science (graduate seminar in SBS)