Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
M.A., Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
B.A., Sociology and Psychology, Coe College
Lizabeth Crawford is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Social Work. She holds a B.A. in sociology and in psychology from Coe College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, with a concentration in quantitative methods and a Ph.D. minor in psychology, from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her areas of expertise are social psychology, youth substance use, the sociology of mental health, and applied research and assessment.
The winner of two teaching awards at Bradley, Dr. Crawford regularly teaches the department’s core research methods course and the Sociology Program’s research-oriented capstone seminar, as well as classes on the sociology of mental health and on social psychology. Her social psychology textbook, Individual and Society: Sociological Social Psychology (Routledge/Taylor and Francis), is widely used in undergraduate courses on sociological social psychology in the U.S. and internationally.
Much of Dr. Crawford’s research focuses on the structural roots of drinking on college campuses and on how common activity patterns and peer group norms intersect to shape adolescents’ risk for substance use and other forms of delinquency. She has published articles on these topics in a variety of scholarly journals within sociology, criminology and related fields.
- Crawford, Lizabeth A., Novak, Katherine B., and Jayasekare, Rasitha R. 2019. “Volunteerism, Alcohol Beliefs, and First-Year College Students’ Drinking Behaviors.” The Journal of Primary Prevention 40(4): 239-448.
- Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B. 2018. “Being with Friends and the Potential for Binge Drinking During the First College Semester.” Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition 30(20):79-96.
- Crawford, Lizabeth A., Novak, Katherine B., and Foston, Amia K. 2018. “Routine Activities and Delinquency: The Significance of Bonds to Society and Peer Context.” Crime & Delinquency 64(4):472-509.
- Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B. 2018. Individual and Society: Sociological Social Psychology (2nd Edition). Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Dr. Crawford serves on University’s Institutional Review Board as well as on other College and University committees, and she is currently involved in an assessment of students’ experiences at Bradley. She also reviews manuscripts for journals focusing on substance use, crime and delinquency, and adolescent health.