Amanda J. Crawford is a veteran political reporter and literary journalist who joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 2018.
Prof. Crawford’s research areas include journalism ethics, media law, misinformation, and the role of journalists in a democracy. As an investigative reporter and creative nonfiction writer, Prof. Crawford’s work explores the intersection of literature and reportage.
A 2020-21 fellow at the UConn Humanities Institute, Prof. Crawford is writing her first book about the fight against misinformation after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. She was awarded a SCHARP award from the university in 2019 in support of this project. She serves on the national board of directors of the Journalism & Women Symposium and is a research affiliate of the UConn ARMS Center and the Rockefeller Institute’s Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium.
Prior to coming to UConn, Prof. Crawford held faculty appointments in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University (assistant professor, 2014-18) and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University (lecturer, 2008-10). She worked as a reporter for Bloomberg News, The Arizona Republic, The Baltimore Sun and People Magazine. Her work has been published by many other publications including Businessweek, National Geographic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Talking Points Memo, Nieman Journalism Lab, The Miami Herald, The Hartford Courant, Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, Phoenix Magazine and High Times. She has also published in literary journals including Creative Nonfiction, Hippocampus Magazine and Full Grown People. Prof. Crawford was a 2007 finalist for the national Livingston Award for Young Journalists and has won numerous regional journalism and FOI awards. In 2018, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in nonfiction.
Prof. Crawford holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, where she studied journalism and creative writing and was named the Outstanding News-Editorial Graduate. Raised in Appalachian Maryland, Prof. Crawford was the first person in her family to attend college and wants to help other first-generation college students and those from underrepresented communities succeed in academia.
- “Sarah Palin, The New York Times and the Limits of Political Messaging,” Nieman Reports (Nieman Foundation at Harvard), March 2022.
- “American support for conspiracy theories and armed rebellion isn’t new – we just didn’t believe it before the Capitol insurrection,” The Conversation, January 2022. Also published by Salon, Talking Points Memo, UPI and other outlets.
- “How Conspiracy theories in the US became more personal, more cruel, and more mainstream after the Sandy Hook shootings,” The Conversation, December 2021. Also published by Nieman Journalism Lab, The Miami Herald, Talking Points Memo and other outlets.
- UConn Humanities Institute Fellow’s Talk: “Misinformation & The Media: Lessons from the Sandy Hook Shooting.”
- “The Professor of Denial: How a prolific academic became an advocate for some of the most odious ideas of our time.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2020.
Classes: Journalism Law, Journalism Ethics, Newswriting I, The Press in America