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Thiel College sociology alumnus leads conversation on “Race and Justice: Black Lives Matter?”


GREENVILLE, Pa.—Robert Crutchfield, Ph.D. ’71, a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Washington, delivered a Common Hour lecture “Race and Justice: Black Lives Matter?” Thursday afternoon in Bly Hall of the College’s Academic Center.

Crutchfield received his bachelor’s degree from Thiel College in 1971 before continuing his education at Vanderbilt University where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees. Aside from his position as Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, Crutchfield also has an affiliate appointment in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia. His research is focused on labor markets and crime, neighborhoods and crime, race and ethnicity, and the criminal justice system. His book, titled Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime, was published in 2014 by the New York University Press.

Crutchfield is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, has been elected Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Crime, Law, and Deviance Section, and chairs the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Law and Justice. He has also been on several National Academy 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 served on the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Program’s Science Advisory Board, the Washington State Juvenile Sentencing Commission, and the Board for the Washington State Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Crutchfield’s talk was part of the College’s Common Hour programming.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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