The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Kathryne Young

Assistant Professor and Honors Program Coordinator

A sociologist and legal scholar, Professor Young's research focuses on understanding the social mechanisms that produce and maintain inequality in the justice system, and includes legal consciousness, criminal procedure, access to civil justice, and legal education. Her work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and the Washington State Supreme Court and has appeared Law & Society Review, Social Forces, Harvard Law Review, and California Law Review, among other peer-reviewed social science journals and law reviews.  Her first book, How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School (Stanford University Press, 2018), draws on interviews and surveys of more than 1100 law students and was named one of Above the Law’s Distinguished Dozen Legal Reads of the Year.

Professor Young holds a JD and PhD from Stanford and has worked in a number of different legal settings.  In 2018, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at the University of Massachusetts.  Currently, she serves on the Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Law & Society Review.  

See Professor Young's publications


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)