Sarah Light

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton
Wharton faculty

Professor Light’s research examines issues at the intersection of environmental law, corporate sustainability, and business innovation. Her articles have addressed the regulatory implications of the rise of transportation platforms like Uber and Lyft; how business innovation, such as Microsoft’s adoption of a private carbon fee, can be a form of private environmental governance; and the U.S. military’s role in stimulating private technological innovation to reduce fossil fuel use in what Light has called The Military-Environmental Complex.  Her articles have appeared in and are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Emory Law Journal, among others.

In 2017, Professor Light was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in the MBA Program at Wharton. In 2016, Professor Light was one of ten faculty nominated by the MBA student body for the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for Outstanding MBA Teaching.

Education
JD, Yale Law School, 2000
M. Phil, Politics, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), 1997
A.B., Social Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University, 1995

Past Appearances

Knowledge@Wharton: August 6, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Joel Trachtman (Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Richard Southall (Professor; Director, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, Univ. of South Carolina; College Sport Research Institute), Ann Harrison (William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management; Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Author of “The Factory-Free Economy: Outsourcing, Servitization, and the Future of Industry”, The Wharton School, Unniversity of Pennsylvania), Paul Haagen (Law Professor; Director of Center for Sports Law and Policy, Duke), Erik Gordon (Professor in the Ross School of Business, Univeristy of Michigan), Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Andrew Brandt (Director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law; ESPN NFL Business Analyst; Podcast host of “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt”, Villanova University), John Sculley (Co-Founder; Former CEO of Apple, Zeta Global), and John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management) on the Monday, August 6, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: July 10, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Ken Bensinger (Reporter; Author of “Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal”, BuzzFeed News), Daniel Kelemen (Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University), Nan Hunter (Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Georgetown University), Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Theodore Ruger (Deputy Dean; Dean-designate, University of Pennsylvania – Law School), and Joao Gomes (Professor of Finance, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, July 10, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: January 19, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Stephen Fuller (Professor and Faculty Chair at the Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University), Jennifer Mueller (Associate Professor of Management, University of San Diego School of Business), Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Theodore Ruger (Deputy Dean; Dean-designate, University of Pennsylvania – Law School), and Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton) on the Thursday, January 19, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: January 5, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Howard Pack (Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Megan Kimble (Managing Editor, Edible Baja Arizona, a local food magazine), Marion Nestle (Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University), Brenda Shaffer (Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center), Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management), and Jason Riis (Marketing Lecturer, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, January 5, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Knowledge @Wharton: November 16, 2015

Host Dan Loney is joined by Jaqueline Carter (International Partner and Director NA, The Potential Project), Gordon Witkin (Executive Editor, The Center for Public Integrity), Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), and Erwann Michel-Kerjan (Executive Director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes, The Wharton School) on the Monday, November 16, 2015 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

Knowledge @Wharton: September 29, 2015

Host Dan Loney is joined by Lori Bennear (Co-Director, Rethinking Refulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University), Tyler Durham (Partner and President, Ketchum Change), Sarah Labowitz (Research Scholar in Business and Society, NYU Stern), Molly Land (Professor of Law and Human Rights, University of Connecticut School of Law), Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Jeffrey Vagle (Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School), and Jacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies) on the Tuesday, September 29, 2015 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Knowledge @Wharton: August 4, 2015

Host Dan Loney is joined by Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Joanna Stern (Personal Technology Columnist, Wall Street Journal), Sara Rosenbaum J.D. (Professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University), Liz Ryan (CEO and Founder, Human Workplace), and Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton) on the Tuesday, August 4, 2015 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Steve Grossman (CEO, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) and Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton) on the Thursday, October 18, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.

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