Robert Crutchfield is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and has an affiliate appointment in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Queensland in Australia. He received his BA from Thiel College in Pennsylvania, and his MA and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has served two terms as department chair. His research is on labor markets and crime, neighborhoods and crime, and race, ethnicity and the criminal justice system. Crutchfield's book, Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime was published by New York University Press in 2014.
Crutchfield is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), and a University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award winner. He was elected Vice-President of the ASC, Chair of the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Crime, Law, and Deviance Section, and to the Council of the ASA. He served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) between 2005 and 2011. He currently chairs CLAJ. Crutchfield has been on several National Academies study panels including the Committee to Improve Research and Data On Firearms, the Committee on Assessing the Research Program of The National Institute of Justice, and the Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. He now is on the Reducing Racial Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System panel. He served on US. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Program's Science Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of The Sentencing Project, the Washington State Juvenile Sentencing Commission, and the Board for the Washington State Council on Crime and Delinquency. He is currently on the Seattle Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners. Crutchfield is a former juvenile probation officer and worked as a Parole Agent for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
- Haggerty, K. P., M. L Skinner., R. F. Catalano, R. D.Abbott, & R. D Crutchfield. 2015. “Long-term effects of Staying Connected with Your Teen® on drug use frequency at age 20.” Prevention Science, 16, 538-549.
- Klima, T., M. L Skinner, K. P. Haggerty, R. D. Crutchfield, & R. F. Catalano. 2014. “Exploring heavy drinking patterns among Black and White young adults.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 75, 5.
- National Research Council. 2014. The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. (Committee Member), Jeremy Travis, Bruce Western, Steven Redburn, Editors. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC. The National Academies Press.
- Crutchfield, R.D. 2014. Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity and Crime. New York: New York University Press.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Leverso, John. 2020. "The Evolution of Solidarity and Status Attainment: A Case Study of Chicago’s Latinx Gangs." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Thielmann, Heidi Irene. 2016. "The Location of Registered Sex Offenders and Their Impact on Neighborhood Crime and Informal Social Control." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Fernandes, April. 2015. "How Far Up the River? Assessing the Consequences of Criminal Justice Contact." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Pettinicchio, David. 2012. "From the Government to the Streets: Why the U.S. is a Policy Innovator in Disability Rights." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Hamilton, Deven T. 2011. "Explaining the Racial Disparity in Sexually Transmitted Infection: Individual-Level Behavior, Meso-Level Structure and Macro-Level Outcomes." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Ramirez, Suzanna. 2011. "Immigration, Collective Efficacy, and Neighborhood Participation: Exploring the Limits of Social Control in Seattle and Brisbane." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Young, Jacob T. N. 2011. "Projections or Connections? A Comparison of Perceptual and Actual Measures of Peer Delinquency in Adolescent Friendship Networks." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Podcast | When defunding the police meets Seattle’s political reality - January 28, 2021
- Police contact at a young age leads to different outcomes for Black youth - January 22, 2021
- Bob Crutchfield's Community Engagement During Retirement - December 21, 2020
- Early police stops had long-term consequences for Seattle’s Black youth, UW research shows - December 2, 2020
- John Leverso Accepts Assistant Professor Position at Whitman College - January 8, 2020
- Bob Crutchfield Wins Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology - December 15, 2017
- Crutchfield and Harris appointed to the Department of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board - July 21, 2015
- Faculty Commentary on Racial/Ethnic Disparities - December 16, 2014