Sociology Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Stephen Light

Professor of Sociology

Dr. Light as been a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty since 1990. Several of the courses he teaches are offered online in a Web-based distance learning format.

Dr. Light has authored a textbook for the Introduction to Criminal Justice course (Understanding Criminal Justice, Wadsworth, 1999). He has also published articles and book chapters on a variety of sociological topics. Dr. Light is the author of numerous instructor's manuals, test banks, practice test manuals, and student study guides for publishers of major textbooks in sociology and criminal justice. He enjoys conveying his enthusiasm about sociology and criminal justice to his students. “As sociologists we are fortunate because our subject matter encompasses virtually the entire range of human activity,” he states. “The topics that we study are deeply interesting, but they also have important practical implications for individuals and for society as a whole.”

The parent of two grown sons, Steve enjoys playing banjo on a professional basis in various bluegrass bands across the Northeast.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1987
  • Graduate Certificate in public policy analysis, SUNY Albany
  • Masters in Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1981
  • B.A. in Sociology, SUNY Cortland, 1977

Teaching Areas

  • Social Change and Social Movements
  • Sociology of Law
  • Social Problems and Social Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Introductory Sociology

Contact Dr. Steve Light

Office: Redcay 114