Robert Crutchfield is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of American Ethnic Studies, and Social Work. He received his BA in Sociology 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, and race, ethnicity and the criminal justice system. Crutchfield just finished a book on employment, labor markets, crime and delinquency that is being published by New York University Press. He is currently collaborating with colleagues at the Social Development Research group in the School of Social Work on a project studying racial differences in criminal justice experience and health outcomes resulting from early experiences, including early experiences with contact with the justice system. Crutchfield is also collaborating with colleagues at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia studying race, ethnicity, and immigration, and community efforts to control crime and to prepare for natural disasters and terrorism.
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 has served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Law and Justice, and 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 is currently on the Board of Directors of The Sentencing Project. Crutchfield has been on the Washington State Juvenile Sentencing Commission and the Board for the Washington State Council on Crime and Delinquency. He is a former juvenile probation officer and worked as a Parole Agent for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.