Areas of Expertise (5)
Access to Justice
Sociology of Law
Race and Criminal Justice
Kathryne Young is the author of the book, "How to be Sort of Happy in Law School," that was named to Above the Law's "Distinguished Dozen" books of 2018.
A sociologist and a legal scholar, Young examines 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.
Stanford University: Ph.D., Sociology
Stanford University Law School: J.D.
Oregon State University: MFA, Creative Writing
Stanford University: B.A., American Studies
Press Coverage (1)
Interview about "How to be Happy in Law School"
Modern Law Library podcast online
In this podcast interview, Kathryne Young talks about her book, "How to be Sort of Happy in Law School" on the Legal Talk Network.
Kathryne M. Young
Law students have high rates of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Professor Kathryne M. Young set out to learn why and to figure out what to do about it. Young conducted one of the most ambitious studies of law students ever undertaken, charting the experiences of over 1000 law students from over 100 different law schools, along with hundreds of alumni, dropouts, law professors, and more.
Kathryne M. Young & Joan Petersilia
After decades as a divisive political touchstone, American criminal justice is now characterized by widespread, bipartisan agreement that the system is “broken” in significant ways ...