Crawford Young (1932-2020) 

M. Crawford Young, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and one of the foremost scholars in the world on African politics, died Jan. 22 in Madison from complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 88.

M. Crawford Young, pictured in 2013 in Ingraham Hall on the UW–Madison campus. PHOTO: CATHERINE REILAND

While the Department of Political Science was Young’s disciplinary base, he was a central figure in the creation of university’s African Studies Program. His critical early leadership and support helped the program thrive and provided him with an interdisciplinary community of scholars that nurtured his work. He remained actively engaged with the program until his death.

This expert about Professor Young’s life was taken from UW New’s “Longtime political scientist, scholar on African politics M. Crawford Young dies at 88.” You can read the rest of the original article here.

You can learn more about the upcoming Symposium in Memory of Professor M. Crawford Young here.