October 26, 2024

Inequalities, Law and Policy

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Inequalities, Law and Policy

How do laws and policy produce and reproduce inequities? Is public benefit claiming a political behavior? What are the ways that race, class, and gender matter to the construction of inequality today? This course is dedicated to an abbreviated study of the politics of poverty, the challenges of economic mobility, and the concentration of negative effects in the United States. It examines the nature and causes of poverty, the impact of race on public opinion about welfare, including its effects on anti-poverty programs. This seminar will tour American political economy by engaging a variety of readings and media that include (i) theories of law and policymaking; (ii) interactive multimedia on economic mobility, and (iii) podcasts/short-docs covering current events.


  • Enrollment through your home campus; contact your OSLEP campus coordinator for information
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost-NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
  • In-person residential seminar held at the University of Oklahoma
Start Date
October 26, 2024
End Date
October 30, 2024
Norman, OK
Course Credits
Application Deadline
September 1, 2024
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Nyron N. Crawford, Ph.D.

Temple University

Nyron N. Crawford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a faculty fellow in the Public Policy Lab (PPL) at Temple University. Professor Crawford was previously a lecturer and visiting scholar at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).

His research, teaching, and practice engages psychological science to  explore law and policy, especially as they relate to politics and racialized public problems. His writing has been published in the Journal of  Urban Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, Urban Affairs Review, Public Integrity, Politico Magazine and The Washington Post.

Professor Crawford received his doctorate (and M.A.) in Political Science from The Ohio State University and has a B.A. in the same discipline from Howard University. He is also an alumnus of the Faculty Leaders Program (FLP) in Policy Research and Analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) program with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In addition, he has certificates in survey research, social enterprise development, and non-profit management and leadership. Prior to joining Temple, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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