Michael Gibson-Light

About Michael Gibson-Light

Michael received his MA in sociology from the University of Arizona and BA in sociology from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. He is an ethnographer with particular interest in punishment & incarceration, work & occupations, culture, and economic sociology. Current projects explore (1) the form and function of inmate labor in carceral institutions, (2) categorization and boundaries in worlds of work, and (3) the presentation and manipulation of status in fields of production.

Michael's research has been covered by The Guardian, BBC, NPR, Time, The Atlantic, USA Today, US News & World Report, Harpers, Vice, and 100s of other outlets internationally. He has received awards from the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, as well as from the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice, the Division on Corrections and Sentencing, and the Division on International Criminology.

View Michael's personal website here.

Areas of Study

  • Punishment & Incarceration
  • Work
  • Culture
  • Inequality
  • Economic Sociology
  • Critical Criminology
  • Qualitative Methods
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Contact Information

Michael Gibson-Light
Doctoral Candidate


Dissertation Title

Capital & Punishment: How Prison Labor Systems Reproduce Inequality

Courses Taught

  • Criminology
  • Explaining Deviance
  • Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Sociology