Dr. Crider joined Winthrop in 2008 as chair of the Department of History and has taught at the university level for 18 years. After earning an undergraduate degree in history and economics at Duke University and graduate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Crider taught at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and Wingate University in Wingate, N.C.
Crider enjoys teaching a variety of courses, ranging from world history surveys and introductory courses in Latin America to upper-division and graduate seminars in Revolutionary Mexico and comparative labor movements. He also has taught a number of travel seminars and has led students to Mexico, Central America, and England. Recently he taught “Politics of Painting and Photography in Revolutionary Mexico” and took students to Cuernavaca and Mexico City. Crider’s teaching has received recognition, including the 2008 Corts Excellence in Teaching Award at Wingate University. Crider is an active scholar and travels frequently to Mexico to carry out research projects on Mexican labor and cultural history. His present project is a cultural biography of Luis Napoleón Morones, a notorious labor boss. His publications have received awards, including the Latin American Labor Studies Association Best Article in Labor Studies and the Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article on a Latin American subject. He served recently as president of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS; 2009-2010) and remains active on the SECOLAS Executive Council. Since 2006, Crider also has co-edited the Annals issue of The Latin Americanist, a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary professional journal published by Wiley Blackwell. In November 2010, Crider and co-editor Jürgen Buchenau published Mexico: 1810-1910-2010, a volume of works studying the historical impact and legacies of Mexican independence and the Mexican Revolution. Crider has been an involved citizen in the Charlotte region for 14 years.