Craig McEwen


Craig McEwen is Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology Emeritus at Bowdoin College where he taught from 1975 to 2012.  A 1967 graduate of Oberlin College, he earned his PhD in sociology at Harvard University in 1975. 

His early research examined community corrections in comparison to traditional incarceration for juveniles and resulted in a book, Designing Correctional Organizations for Youths.  Over the next 25 years his research and commentary focused largely on mediation programs — small claims, community, corporate, family and general civil – and has been published widely in law reviews, social science journals and professional magazines.  He is co-author of the treatise Mediation: Law, Policy, Practice (with Sarah Cole, Nancy Rogers, James Coben, and Peter N. Thompson).  He also co-authored with Lynn Mather and Richard Maiman an empirical study of Divorce Lawyers at Work:  Varieties of Professionalism in Practice.  Most recently he co-authored Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes with Nancy Rogers, Robert Bordone and Frank Sander.

At Bowdoin he served as Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999 to 2006.  In 1991 he was Drinko Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.  In the early 1980’s he mediated small claims and divorce cases for Maine’s Court Mediation Service.