Robert Crutchfield

Professor of Sociology, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise

  • Inequality and crime
  • Labor markets
  • Urban communities
  • Deviance and social control
  • Race and ethnicity


Robert Crutchfield, Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, is an expert in race and ethnicity, labor markets, urban communities, deviance and social control, social stratification and inequality.

Crutchfield served as a juvenile probation officer and worked as a parole agent in Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and served as the vice president of ASC. He served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Law and Justice and received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The Sentencing Project.

He has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Prevention Journal and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. He authored Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity and Crime.

Crutchfield received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University and B.A. in sociology from Thiel College in Pennsylvania