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Nyron N. Crawford, Ph.D.

I am a political scientist, evaluator, and facilitator providing civic education, as well as research and analysis about inequalities and interventions in politics and policymaking.   

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Nyron N. Crawford, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow in the Public Policy Lab (PPL) at Temple University. He is also a lecturer on race and policymaking at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Prior to joining Temple, Professor Crawford was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

His research, teaching, and practice draw on political psychology to explore law and policy, especially as they relate to local and racialized public problems in American political life. His writing has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Perspectives on Politics, Public Administration Quarterly, Urban Studies, the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post. He is also author of the forthcoming book "Marked Men: Black Politicians and the Racialization of Scandal" (NYU Press 2024).

Professor Crawford earned his doctorate (and M.A.) in Political Science from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in the same from Howard University. He is an alumnus of the Faculty Leaders Program (FLP) in Policy Research and Analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) program with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Additional training include certificates in survey research, social enterprise development, and non-profit management and leadership.

Outside of his formal work, Professor Crawford has more than a decade of experience facilitating outdoor and adventure-based experiential education programs for a variety of organizations, including the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), Hale Education, and the Great Hollow Wilderness School.

He also serves as a director on the non-profit boards of the Fairmount Community Development Corporation (FCDC), The Monkey and The Elephant Cafe, a trustee on the board of POBS, and on the editorial board of Urban Affairs Review.

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