Steve Light Biography
Steve Light is Interim Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. A proud member of the CoBPA faculty since 2000, Steve rejoined the College in his new role in April 2017. Steve also has served as UND’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Interim Dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.
A political scientist and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, Steve is widely regarded as among the nation’s leading experts on Indian gaming at the intersection of business and government. His fifty publications include three books coauthored with Kathryn Rand (Dean, School of Law). Their first book, Indian Gaming and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise, was featured on C-SPAN's Book TV. Steve has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and is quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and New York Times. His speaking invitations include Boston College, Columbia, Stanford, and the University of Helsinki, as well as numerous trade industry appearances.
An award-winning teacher, Steve enjoys inspiring students through experiential learning and simulations, peer-to-peer instruction, and dynamic group activities that frequently compare and contrast government and business. Steve also presents and publishes on effective servant-leadership, interim leadership strategy, transitioning from faculty to management, and facilitating the inclusion of diverse perspectives in higher education. His most recent solo book was on race and voting rights. In addition to multiple CoBPA recognitions, Steve received UND’s highest annual award for faculty excellence, and was the university’s 2010 nominee as CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year.
Steve enjoys marathoning, combining his passion for running and love of nature and the outdoors. An occasional fitness instructor, he is constantly inspired by people of all abilities who together find their best selves through a shared sense of purpose, hard work, and lots of laughter.