Dr. Crawford is Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University. He has a BA in criminal justice from the University of Florida and a M.S. and Ph.D. in criminology from Florida State University. He has recently published in the areas of the impact of space and time on police actions, the criminalization of homelessness, policing and excessive force, and car stereo culture. His current research involves the study of space, time and law enforcement practices

The theme that runs through my research is analyzing decision making points within the criminal justice system and placing these actions within their structural and situational context.

I have published and conducted research on a wide variety of topics ,so in many ways I consider myself a generalist when it comes to criminology. As I teach and conduct research new questions arise about the criminal justice system. As I become interested in these issues I pursue them with my research agenda.