Matthew Crawford

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Matthew B. Crawford is an American writer and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.[1] 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 claims to be a motorcycle mechanic.[2]

Marshall Institute[edit]

In September 2001, Crawford accepted a position as executive director of the George C. Marshall Institute,[3] but left the institute after five months,[4] 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."[5]

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.[6][7][8][9] 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[10][11]
  • Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road, William Morrow, 2020. ISBN 978-0062741967[12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Institute Fellows". Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. University of Virginia. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Matthew B. Crawford, Contributing Editor". The New Atlantis. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  3. ^ George C. Marshall Institute, September 2001 press release (web archive) (accessed October 10, 2010)
  4. ^ Carolyn Mooney, "A Hands-On Philosopher Argues for a Fresh Vision of Manual Work", The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7, 2009. Web version
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Fukuyama, Francis (June 5, 2009). "Making Things Work". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  7. ^ Klein, Ezra (June 1, 2009). "Is Blue Collar Work "Smart?"". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  8. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (June 22, 2009). "Out of the Office". The New Yorker.
  9. ^ Garner, Dwight (May 28, 2009). "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, They Ride Hogs Over It". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  10. ^ Goldstein, Rebecca Newberger (April 22, 2015). "Don't Overthink It". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Morris, Iain (May 4, 2015). "The World Beyond Your Head review – philosophical inquiry that demands your attention". The Observer. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  12. ^ Adams, Tim (July 6, 2020). "Why We Drive review – a motorist puts his foot down". The Guardian. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  13. ^ Hakimi, Lauren (June 10, 2020). "'Why We Drive' Takes Aim at Self-Driving Vehicles and Other Threats to Car Culture". Observer. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  14. ^ Shiflett, Dave (June 3, 2020). "'Why We Drive' Review: Awake at the Wheel". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 24, 2021.

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