Evan Crawford

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of San Diego

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About Evan

Crawford studies elections and voting behavior at the local level, with a particular emphasis on the politics of school board elections. Prior to graduate school he was a history and government teacher in both middle school and high school settings. He has a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in History.

In the News

"Partisan vs. Nonpartisan Board Elections," Evan Crawford, Board Savvy Superintendent, School Administrator, June 1, 2018.
Evan Crawford quoted by Jessie Pounds, "For Guilford's School Board, Party Lines aren't Dividing Lines" News & Record, January 22, 2018.


"How Nonpartisan Ballot Design Conceals Partisanship: A Survey Experiment of School Board Members in Two States" Political Research Quarterly 71, no. 1 (2018): 143-156.

Reveals a group of "polarized nonpartisans" who tend to express more partisan views about public policy than their co-partisans elected in an explicitly partisan system. Reveals the need for continued research into the behavioral consequences of nonpartisan ballots.

"Defining and Assessing FoI in a Large-Scale Randomized Trial" (with Dominique Bradley and Sara Dahill Brown). Studies in Educational Evaluation 49 (2016): 51-65.

Assesses effectiveness of in-classroom, values-affirming writing exercises in an effort to reduce the achievement gap.

"Informing the Voter: Party Labels and Voter Participation in Local Elections," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 2016.

Uses an original dataset of local election results in North Carolina over three election cycles to examine the extent to which the presence of party label affects voter participation and whether the effect differs with respect to the type of office under consideration.