Colin Crawford

Dean and Professor of Law


Colin Crawford is the 24th dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.

Prior to coming to Brandeis, Dean Crawford served as the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Tulane, Dean Crawford also directed the university's multi-disciplinary graduate and undergraduate Development Studies programs. In that capacity, he also taught undergraduate courses in the School of Liberal Arts.

Before Tulane, Dean Crawford was a tenured member of the faculty at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where he founded and co-directed the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, which has developed new models for field-based education in comparative environmental and land use law.

Dean Crawford has lectured and published widely in the U.S. and abroad, concentrating his work especially in Latin America. He is a faculty associate at an interdisciplinary graduate program offered by four top universities in Rio de Janeiro. He regularly teaches comparative environmental law and policy courses at both the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at the University of the Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia. In the Spring 2017 semester, he was resident at the University Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, as the holder of the UC3M-Santander Chair of Excellence. Dean Crawford also visited Bucerius Law School, in Hamburg, Germany, as the Max Kade Visiting Professor. He has also lectured and taught in China, Cuba, France, Japan, Panama and South Korea, and was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic.

As a scholar, his work concentrates on comparative environmental and land use law and policy, with a special focus on the social and urban implications of environmental and land use planning choices. Dean Crawford is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and degrees in modern history from Cambridge and Columbia Universities. He was admitted to practice law in the State of New York.