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Kareem Crayton

Visiting Professor of Law
Founder and Managing Partner, Crimcard Consulting Services

Kareem Crayton is a nationally respected scholar and expert whose work inside and outside of the academy addresses the intersection of law, politics and race. He is the founder and managing partner of Crimcard Consulting Services, which provides expert insight and analysis to foundations, social groups and governmental actors on public policy matters. Professor Crayton’s academic research has distinguished him as a key player in legal and policy debates involving elections, constitutional design and the political process. His work focuses on the effects of state-sanctioned racial exclusion and discrimination on modern campaigns, elections and governance in politics. His publications in law and social science outlets employ interdisciplinary methods to examine such issues as voter polarization, ballot measures, electoral campaigning, legislative caucus behavior and partisan competition. This work also has global dimensions, particularly on the constitutional design of systems in racially and ethnically diverse societies. Professor Crayton earned an A.B. in government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and his J.D. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. He was a foreign law clerk on the Constitutional Court for the Republic of South Africa as well as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He has served on the faculties of Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California, the University of North Carolina and the University of Alabama.


Representative Publications

  • “The Art of Racial Dissent: African American Political Discourse in the Age of Obama,” 89 Chicago-Kent Law Review 689 (2014)
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  • “Unteachable: Shelby County, Canonical Apostasies, and Ways Forward for Voting Rights,” 67 SMU Law Review 3 (2014) (with Terry Smith)
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  • “Gender Unbound? Making Sense of Female Candidates in American Politics,” 80 George Washington Law Review 101 (2013)
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  • “Five Justices, Section 4, and Three Ways Forward in Voting Rights,” 9 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 113 (2013) (with Jane Junn)
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  • “The Changing Face of the Congressional Black Caucus,” 19 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal (2012)
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  • “Sword, Shield & Compass: The Uses and Misuses of Racially Polarized Voting in Voting Rights Enforcement,” 64 Rutgers Law Review 973 (2012)
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  • “Reinventing Voting Rights Preclearance,” 44 Indiana Law Review 201 (2010)
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  • “Interactive Pre-clearance Development,” 27 St. Louis University Public Law Review 319 (2008)
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  • “Introduction to the Reports: Assessing the Progress of the Voting Rights Act,” 17 USC Review of Law & Social Justice 65 (2007)
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  • “Beat ’Em or Join ’Em? White Voters and Black Candidates in Majority-Minority District,” 58 Syracuse Law Review 547 (2008)
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