Colin Crawford has been named the next dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, the university announced Tuesday.
He takes over on July 1 for Theresa Beiner, who is stepping down after five years in the position to rejoin the faculty. Beiner is the first woman to lead the law school.
Crawford is a former dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. He previously held academic positions at Tulane University and at Georgia State University, and founded and co-directed the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at Georgia State University.
His international experience includes having developed and taught courses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, serving as the project director for the Environmental Law Capacity-Building Initiative in Central America funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, UA Little Rock said in a news release.
Crawford was chosen for the role over Christian Johnson, the inaugural dean for Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
"His leadership experiences and his broad research interests made him an ideal candidate for this role," Ann Bain, provost and executive vice chancellor, said in the release. "I look forward to working with him closely to continue advancing the mission of the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law.”
Crawford holds a bachelor’s in history from Columbia University, a master’s in history from the University of Cambridge, and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
His scholarship focuses on environmental, property, urban development and land-use law questions, especially in a comparative and international context.
"I'm excited to join an institution that is already very strong — and look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and other university and community constituents to make Bowen even stronger and to help raise its profile even further," Crawford said. "I also look forward to returning to a region of the country I know and love."