Matthew B. Crawford is an American writer and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Crawford majored in physics as an undergraduate, then turned to political philosophy. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago. He is a contributing editor at The New Atlantis, and is also a motorcycle mechanic.
In September 2001, Crawford accepted a position as executive director of the George C. Marshall Institute, but left the institute after five months, saying that "the trappings of scholarship were used to put a scientific cover on positions arrived at otherwise. These positions served various interests, ideological or material. For example, part of my job consisted of making arguments about global warming that just happened to coincide with the positions taken by the oil companies that funded the think tank."
He appeared in the 2014 documentary, Merchants of Doubt.
- Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. Penguin Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59420-223-0. Published in London as The Case for Working with Your Hands. Viking, 2009. ISBN 978-0-670-91874-4.
- The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. ISBN 978-0-374-29298-0
- Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road, William Morrow, 2020. ISBN 978-0062741967
- "Institute Fellows". Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. University of Virginia. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
- "Matthew B. Crawford, Contributing Editor". The New Atlantis. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
- George C. Marshall Institute, September 2001 press release (web archive) (accessed October 10, 2010)
- Carolyn Mooney, "A Hands-On Philosopher Argues for a Fresh Vision of Manual Work", The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7, 2009. Web version
- Matthew B. Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, pp. 108–109, Penguin Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59420-223-0
- Crawford, Matthew B. (2000), "Plutarch on Philosophic Eros and Married Life", in Velásquez, Eduardo A. (ed.), Nature, woman and the art of politics, Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 978-0-8476-9247-7
- Crawford, Matthew B. (May 21, 2009), "The Case for Working With Your Hands", The New York Times
- Crawford, Matthew B. (July 12, 2009). "'Soulcraft' Honors An Honest Day's Work". All Things Considered (Interview: transcript). Interviewed by Guy Raz. NPR.
- Fukuyama, Francis (June 5, 2009), "Making Things Work (book review)", The New York Times
- Garner, Dwight (May 28, 2009), "Books of The Times; Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, They Ride Hogs Over It (book review)", The New York Times
- Klein, Ezra (June 1, 2009), "Is Blue Collar Work "Smart?"", The Washington Post, retrieved November 24, 2010
- Sanneh, Kelefa (June 22, 2009), "Out of the Office; Fast bikes, slow food, and the workplace wars (book review)", The New Yorker