Alexandra Crampton

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2008-2009)


B.A., Stanford University; M.A., MSW, Ph.D., University of Michigan


U.S. and global aging; adult guardianship and capacity assessment; domestic and international social work; alternative dispute resolution (mediation and negotiation)

Dr. Alexandra Crampton


Alexandra Crampton is an Assistant Professor at Marquette University. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Anthropology from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science in December, 2007. Her research examines the meanings and outcomes of domestic and international interventions used to help vulnerable populations. Her dissertation focuses on elder mediation pilot projects in the United States and Ghana. Current work includes global aging and the ethics, politics, and social practices of “doing good” through professional and informal interventions.

Dr. Crampton has worked in the field of alternative dispute resolution for several years, and was a graduate research fellow in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School from 2006-7. Her dissertation work was also funded through an NIA predoctoral training grant and the Hartford Fellows Program. She has presented her research for the American Anthropological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Society for Social Work Research. Her paper addressing debate on the merits of community mediation won the Henry J. Meyer award for the best student paper in her doctoral program in 2006. She has published a range of peer-reviewed and invited articles on the topics of aging, adult guardianship, cross-cultural aspects of intervention work, and teaching negotiation.

This year, she is teaching two social welfare policy courses in the Boston University School of Social Work.