Elizabeth "Betsy" H. Crighton

Emerita Professor of Politics
With Pomona Since: 1975
  • Expertise


    Elizabeth Crighton focuses her research on comparative ethnic politics with an emphasis on Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel-Palestine, and conflict reduction and peacemaking in divided societies. Her articles have appeared in the professional journals Perspectives on Politics, Women and Politics, Social Justice, and Comparative Politics.

    Research Interests

    • Comparative Ethnic Politics--especially Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel-Palestine
    • Conflict Reduction/Peacemaking in Divided Societies

    Areas of Expertise


    • Comparative Gender Politics
    • Comparative Ethnic Conflict and Peacemaking
    • Comparative European Politics
  • Work


    "Shared Sovereignty as an Instrument of Peacemaking," in Reconfigured Sovereignty: Multilayered Governance in the Global Age (Thomas Ilgen, ed., Ashgate, 2003)

    People Versus States, by Ted Robert Gurr, reviewed in Perspectives on Politics, 1, March 2003

    "Northern Ireland Talks Face Many Pitfalls," Christian Science Monitor, October 19, 1994

    With M. Ebert, "RU 486 and Abortion Practices in Europe: From Legalization to Access," Women and Politics, 24, 2002

    "Beyond Neoliberalism: Peacemaking in Northern Ireland," Social Justice, 25, Winter 1998

    With M. MacIver, "The Evolution of Protracted Ethnic Conflict: Group Dominance and Political Underdevelopment in Northern Ireland and Lebanon," Comparative Politics, 23, 121-142, January 1991

    With D. Mason, "Solidarity and the Greens: The Rise of New Social Movements in East and West Europe," in Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change (K. Land and G. Lang, eds., J.A.I. Press, 1986

  • Education


    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Bachelor of Arts
    Randolph-Macon Woman's College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Comparative Politics
    • Comparative Politics of Europe
    • Gender and Politics
    • Senior Seminar: Comparative/International Politics
    • Summer Reading & Research
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1979, 1985, 1990, 1996, 2003 and 2010

    Western Political Science Association, Betty Nesvold Award for the best paper in women and politics presented at the annual meeting in 2002, for her paper "RU-486 and Abortion Practices in Europe: From Legalization to Utilization," co-authored with Martina Ebert, European Union Center of California

    Institute for European Studies, Faculty Development Grant, 2000

    Ford Foundation, Social Science Grant, 1990

    John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, Summer Fellowship, 1983 and 1989