Jackson Crawford’s research focuses on the history of the Scandinavian languages, particularly Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, and Norwegian Nynorsk. He is particularly interested in the classification of color terms, a subject which was the focus of his Ph.D. dissertation as well as several published and forthcoming articles. He has argued, among other things, that Old Norse blár meant “blue” (not “black”), and that the language classified warm colors with an intriguing system that distinguished “ideal” reds with a distinct term (rauðr) but lumped non-ideal reds and other warm colors into a vague category weakly focused on yellow (bleikr).
Crawford was a full-time lecturer in the Scandinavian Section at UCLA from 2011-14, where he taught the Old Norse language, Norse mythology, and the history of the Scandinavian languages. His contemporary English translation of The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes, intended for the use of undergraduate students and general readers, was published in 2015 by Hackett Publishing Company, and will be followed in 2016 by a companion translation of The Saga of the Volsungs and Ragnar Lothbrok..