Brett Crawford

Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration; Affiliate Faculty, Sociology
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
312 Mervis Hall
Curriculum Vitae: 


  • PhD, Copenhagen Business School
  • MBA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • BBA, Rochester College


Brett Crawford joined the faculty of the Katz School in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. from the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.  During the course of his Ph.D. work, Brett was also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, where he studied institutional theory, and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan, where he completed his research methods training.  Brett has also taught in the Public Policy and Administration program at Northwestern University.

Brett’s research explores how organizations use history and policy to construct institutional meaning.  He is particularly interested in questions relating to environmental associations and stigmatized categories.  Brett builds on the foundation that organizations have histories, organizations exist in history and organizations actively shape history.  His dissertation explored how interest plurality reshaped chambers of commerce into community-based organizations representing a variety of sectors and organizational sizes.  Brett has also studied how education policy and association’s codes of ethics shape students’ strategies for success in the health sciences.

Brett’s current research includes a pair of projects funded by separate grants.  The first project explores the historicity of environmental associations, specifically how associations have reshaped the identity of actors to both protect the meaning of environmentalism and disrupt industries that threaten that meaning.  The second project explores how stigmatized issues are shaped into legitimate categories through the work of organizations. 

Brett is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association.

Recent Publications

Crawford, B. & Branch, J. (forthcoming). Interest Plurality and Institutional Work: An Ethnography of Rural Community Organizing, Journal of Organizational Ethnography.

Lin, K.; Anspach, R.; Crawford, B.; Parnami, S.; Fuhrel-Forbis, A. & De Vries, R. (2014). What must I do to succeed?: Narratives from the US Premedical Experience, Social Science and Medicine, 119: 98-105.

Awards and Honors

  • Crawford, B. (2014). From No Limit to Zero Limit: The Institutional Emergence of Environmental Stewardship. BNY Mellon Faculty Research Fellowship, $10,000.
  • Crawford, B. (2013). Race With the (Historical) Devil: From Taboo to Legitimate and Back Again. David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, University of Pittsburgh, $10,000.
  • USCAA Academic All-American (Baseball, 2005)
  • USCAA Academic All-American (Baseball, 2004)
  • USCAA All-American (Baseball, 2004)


Ad Hoc Reviewer at Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Management Inquiry, and the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Graduate Programs Coordinator