Research Assistant for Professor Sarah Light
Professor Light is writing a series of articles that address questions of how policymakers should respond when business or technological innovation (eg, the rise of the sharing economy, autonomous vehicles, distributed energy generation, or geoengineering techniques) create policy “disruptions” – meaning, that these innovations do not easily fit into existing regulatory frameworks.
The student RA will conduct research by finding and reviewing scholarly literature. This will not involve any data analysis, but rather policy research.
The position is will be up to 35 hours per week.
- Legal Studies 101 or another course in which he or she has been introduced to legal and policy concepts.
Other Required Skills
How to Apply
Example Research Previously Conducted with an RA
I’ve been working as a research assistant for Professor Sarah Light in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics department since the summer of Freshman year. Professor Light’s research broadly focuses on how to encourage businesses to be more environmentally responsible. Within this, she explores a multitude of questions, such as whether or not firms are wrongfully benefitting if they are profiting off of environmental damage; how environmental law should not just regulate the output of a firm, but encompass corporate law as a whole and consider internal decision making processes; and how universities can be viewed as an experimenter of private environmental governance. Working with Professor Light has given me the opportunity to combine my interest in public policy with business by studying the intersection between regulation and business and how these institutions should cooperate with each other to optimize socially responsible goals. ~Stephanie Wu, W’20