Kathryne M. Young

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-15
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Sociology, 2012-13
Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University, 2014
J.D., Stanford Law School, 2011
M.F.A., Oregon State University, 2004, Writing
B.A. Stanford University, 2001, American Studies

Kathryne M. Young is a postdoctoral fellow, rejoining the Center in 2014 after a year as the first Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow in 2012-13.

Much of Young’s work centers on subjective understandings of police-citizen encounters, something she has studied in a number of contexts and through a variety of methods, including an ethnography of cockfighting in Hawaii.  Additionally, Young is researching the parole hearings process for lifer inmates in California prisons.  

Young's awards include Stanford’s DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship, the G. J. Lieberman Fellowship, and the Cilker Teaching Award. Her work on rights consciousness received the Graduate Student Paper Award for the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Law Section.  

Young is a longtime resident of the American West, and grew up primarily in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Kathryne M. Young is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she works at the intersection of law and the social sciences using quantitative and qualitative methods.


SOCIOLOGY 105D/205D: The Sociology of Criminal Procedure
SOCIOLOGY 183: Qualitative Research Methods
SOCIOLOGY 300: Graduate Teaching Workshop


  • "Fact and Fiction in Constitutional Criminal Procedure", 66 S. C. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014, with Christin L. Munsch). Link.
  • Young, Kathryne M. "Everyone Knows the Game: Legal Consciousness in the Hawaiian Cockfight." Law & Society Review 48.3 (2014): 499-530. Link.
  • "Outing Batson: How the Case of Gay and Lesbian Jurors Demonstrates the Need for Voir Dire Reform" 48 Willamette Law Review 243 (2011).
  • “Rights Consciousness in Criminal Procedure: A Theoretical and Empirical Inquiry,” in “Access to Justice,” Volume 12 of Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance (2009).
  • “The Privatization of California Correctional Facilities: A Population-Based Approach,” 18 Stanford Law & Policy Review 438 (2007).Article: Predicting Parole Grants: An Analysis of Suitability Hearings for California's Lifer Inmates
  • Article: Criminal Behavior and Local Resistance: The Sociolegal Significance of the Hawaiian Cockfight
  • Article: Keeping Track: How Surveillance and Control in the Criminal Justice System Perpetuate Mass Incarceration
  • Presentation: Cultural Meanings of Criminal Behavior: The Case of the Hawaiian Cockfight
  • Article: Parole Hearings and Victims' Rights: Implementation, Ambiguity, and Reform