Matthew Light

Matthew Light

Associate Professor of Criminology
B.A. (Harvard), M.A. (Chicago),
J.D., Ph.D. (Political Science, Yale)

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Matthew Light studies migration control, policing and criminal justice, and corruption, primarily in the post-Soviet region.


Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

  • Light, Matthew. Forthcoming. Fragile Migration Rights: Freedom of Movement in Post-Soviet Russia. (Routledge)
  • Special Issue of Theoretical Criminology Professor Matt Light and former Centre postdoc and CLTA assistant professor Gavin Slade have co-edited a special issue of Theoretical Criminology on crime and criminal justice in the post-Soviet region. The collection aims to bring problems of public order in this important world region to the attention of a largely English-speaking professional criminology audience, and includes review essays on a broad range of topics, including the changing roles of prosecutors and judges, police, and prisons; official corruption and organized crime; homicide; and Skinhead violence. In addition, the widely read political blog “The Monkey Cage,” hosted by the Washington Post, features an introduction and write-up of the special issue.
  • Matthew Light, Rosemary Gartner, and Milomir Strbac, “Explaining the Use of Interpersonal Violence by Political Leaders: Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin Compared,” forthcoming, Post-Soviet Affairs.
  • Matthew Light and Nikolai Kovalev, “Russia, the Death Penalty, and Europe: The Ambiguities of Influence,” forthcoming, Post-Soviet Affairs.
  • “Police Reform in the Republic of Georgia: The Convergence of Domestic and Foreign Policy in an Anti-Corruption Drive,” forthcoming, Policing and Society
  • “What Does It Mean To Control Migration? Soviet Mobility Policies in Comparative Perspective,” Law and Social Inquiry, 2012.
  • “Migration, “Globalised” Islam, and the Russian State: A Case Study of Muslim Communities in Belgorod and Adygeya Regions,” Europe-Asia Studies, 2012.
  • “Policing Migration in Soviet and Post-Soviet Moscow,” Post-Soviet Affairs, 2010


Current projects:

A book manuscript on regional migration policies in contemporary Russia.

A new research project on police reform in Georgia and neighbouring post-Soviet states.