Steve Light

Steve Light

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law
Steve Light is Professor of Political Science and past Dean of the College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota, where he co-directs the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy, the first university research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. His current focus highlights legal, regulatory, and practical opportunities and barriers for the exploding markets in eSports and sports betting.
Light and Tribal Gaming Institute co-director Kathryn Rand have authored nearly 60 publications exploring how tribally owned casinos came to be and have remade the legal, political, and regulatory landscape for gaming and economic development across the U.S. Their books include INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (2d ed. forthcoming 2019), INDIAN GAMING LAW AND POLICY, and INDIAN GAMING AND TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY: THE CASINO COMPROMISE, which was featured on C-SPAN’s BOOK TV.
Light has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, serves on the Editorial Board of the GAMING LAW REVIEW, is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee, and has been a featured speaker at numerous university and gaming industry events throughout the world. He has been quoted in such outlets as the NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, WALL STREET JOURNAL, BLOOMBERG, and INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY



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