Jackson Crawford grew up in Colorado, went to high school in Texas, and lived for a while in Sheridan. Throughout his life, he has traveled the Mountain States extensively with his grandfather, who instilled in him a deep and abiding love for the landscape, wildlife, values, and history of the West, especially Wyoming and Colorado.
Dr. Crawford earned his Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University, his Master of Arts (Linguistics) from the University of Georgia, and his Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the previous three years, he has worked as a full-time non-tenured faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he developed a popular series of history, myth, and language courses, and even has the opportunity to get a "special thanks" in the credits of Disney's Frozen. Hiss first book, a modern English translation of the Norse myths that are called the "Poetic Edda," is due out shortly. He has also published original poetry, mainly on Western themes, in English and Norwegian.
Dr. Crawford is excited to be back in Wyoming, and happy to join the community in Riverton with his wife, Katherine, a special-needs worker and painter from Wisconsin. His is looking forward to bringing his unique skills as a teacher and researcher to the Riverton Museum, where he will dedicate himself to the tasks of assisting with the museum's collections and enhancing the visitor experience in every way possible. He hopes the people of Riverton will visit the museum soon to introduce themselves and take a look around.