Neta Crawford

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Professor; Department Chair

Office: PLS 313C
Spring 2019 Office Hours: Mondays, 10-11am and 2-3pm or by appointment
Phone: 617.353.4040
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Education: M.A., Ph.D., MIT; B.A., Brown University
Areas of Specialization: International Relations Theory and Security; US Foreign Policy; Economic Sanctions; Humanitarian Intervention; Ethics; and International Organization; South African Foreign and Military Policy; Political Psychology; Critical Theory; Qualitative Research Methods

Neta C. Crawford is a professor of Political Science where her teaching focuses on international relations theory, international ethics, and normative change.

Her research interests include international relations theory, normative theory, foreign policy decision making, sanctions, peace movements, discourse ethics, post-conflict peacebuilding, research design, utopian science fiction, and emotion. Crawford is also interested in methods for understanding the costs and consequences of war and is co-director of the Eisenhower Study Group “Costs of War” study (

Dr. Crawford is the author of Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post-9/11 Wars (Oxford University Press, 2013) about  and Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization, Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2002),  which was a co-winner of the 2003 American Political Science Association Jervis and Schroeder Award for best book in International History and Politics. She is co-editor of How Sanctions Work: Lessons from South Africa (St. Martin’s, 1999).

Crawford’s articles have been published in books and scholarly journals including the Journal of Political Philosophy; International Organization; Security Studies; Perspectives on Politics; International Security; Ethics & International Affairs; Press/Politics; Africa Today; Naval War College Review; Orbis; and, Qualitative Methods.

Professor Crawford is currently a member of several advisory boards, including for the Eisenhower Research Project, and International Editorial Board of the Security and Governance book series published by Routledge Press. Crawford has also chaired the Book Prize of the Ethics section of the International Studies Association.

Crawford served, for three years, on the nominating committee of the International Studies Association and served as its chair during the final year of her term. Crawford has also previously served on the boards of several professional organizations including the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the Governing Council of the American Political Science Association. When she was at Brown University she served on the Slavery and Justice Committee, which examined Brown University’s relationship to slavery and the slave trade. She has also served on the editorial board of the American Political Science Review.

Crawford has appeared on radio and TV and written op-eds on U.S. foreign policy and international relations for newspapers including the Boston Globe; Newsday (Long Island), The Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times.

Crawford has a Ph.D in political science from MIT and a bachelor of arts from Brown University. At Brown, her independent concentration was “The War System and Alternatives to Militarism.” Her senior thesis was on the genesis and effects of military rule in Ghana from 1960-1984. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Crawford was on the faculty at Brown University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Dr. Crawford was quoted in a Think Progress article looking at the continued ramifications of the Iraq War. Here is a link to the article.