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