Race, Policy, Behavior, Urban Politics


Nyron N. Crawford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a faculty fellow in the Public Policy Lab (PPL) at Temple University. Professor Crawford was previously a lecturer and visiting scholar at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). 

His research, teaching, and practice engages psychological science to  explore law and policy, especially as they relate to politics and racialized public problems. His writing has been published in the Journal of  Urban Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, Urban Affairs Review, Public Integrity, Politico Magazine and The Washington Post

Professor Crawford received his doctorate (and M.A.) in Political Science from The Ohio State University and has a B.A. in the same discipline from Howard University. He is also 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. In addition, he has certificates in survey research, social enterprise development, and non-profit management and leadership. Prior to joining Temple, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Crawford, N. N. (2022). “It’s a Racist Plot”: An Experimental Test of the Racial Defense. Urban Affairs Review, 58(5), 1277–1304.
  • Towler, C., Crawford, N., & Bennett, R. (2020). Shut Up and Play: Black Athletes, Protest Politics, and Black Political Action. Perspectives on Politics,18(1), 111-127. doi:10.1017/S1537592719002597

Courses Taught

  • Politics of Poverty
  • American Public Opinion
  • Urban Politics and Problems
  • Politics of Race and Class in America