Dr. Crowder is a medical and visual anthropologist who has worked in Bolivia (since 1989) and Perú (since 2003) and most recently in East Houston (since 2006) and Galveston (since 2010). He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and then held a National Cancer Institute Post-Doc at the U-Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Public Health for a year through (2000). Crowder then moved to the University of Houston as a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and by 2006 became an Assistant Research Professor with several federally sponsored grants, including two from the National Science Foundation, as well as becoming the Associate Director of the Visual Studies program at U. Houston. In 2009 Crowder was made Assistant Dean for Technology and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences where he served until coming to UTMB in the fall of 2010. Crowder has published in professional journals, including Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Visual Anthropology Review, the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics and most recently in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.
Crowder's exhibit of photos documenting the lives of rural-urban migrants in Bolivia, Sueños Urbanos: Urban Dreams- The Search for a Better Life in Bolivia has toured the United States and South America since it opened in 2000 and was most recently hung in the Student Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2014-2015). Crowder is the co-author of a book published by Bloomsbury Academic Press titled, Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually (2013) and is the co-photo editor of The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology (2016). Among other obligations Crowder has served as both Secretary and Treasurer for the Society for Visual Anthropology and is a board member and Secretary for Society for Humanistic Anthropology. He also reviews applications for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio program and the National Science Foundation Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences. He continues to be a peer reviewer for many visual and cultural anthropology journals, and also teaches colleagues systematic visual analysis for the NSF sponsored Short-Courses in Research Methods (SCRM).