Kathryne Young

Assistant Professor and CPE Coordinator

Kathryne M. Young is assistant professor of sociology. A sociologist and a legal scholar, Professor Young uses mixed methods, particularly ethnography and interviews, to examine the criminal justice system. Her interests include law and society, criminal procedure, surveillance, policing, rights, social psychology, gender, and masculinity. Her work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and the Washington State Supreme Court. Professor Young’s most recent project addresses the parole hearings process for California’s lifer inmates, and draws on interviews she conducted with the state’s parole commissioners.

Additionally, Professor Young is working on a book for law students that draws on over 1000 survey responses from law students from more than 100 different law schools.  The book addresses issues such as law school diversity, stress, faculty-student interactions, and decisionmaking in law school.  The book will be published in 2017 with Stanford University Press.


PhD, Stanford University, Sociology

JD, Stanford Law School

MFA, Oregon State University, Creative Writing

BA, Stanford University, American Studies

Selected Publications

Kathryne M. Young and Joan Petersilia, “Keeping Track: How Surveillance and Control Processes in the Criminal Justice System Create and Sustain Second-Class Citizenship,” 129 Harvard Law Review 1318 (2016).

Kathryne M. Young, Debbie A. Mukamal, and Thomas Favre-Bulle, “Predicting Parole Grants: An Analysis of Suitability Hearings for California’s Lifer Inmates,” Federal Sentencing Reporter (2016).

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

Kathryne M. Young and Christin L. Munsch, “Fact and Fiction in Constitutional Criminal Procedure,” 66 South Carolina Law Review 446 (2014).

Kathryne M. Young, “Outing Batson: How the Case of Gay and Lesbian Jurors Demonstrates the Need for Voir Dire Reform,” 48 Willamette Law Review 243 (2011).