Sociologist, Crystal Bedley is a Research Manager at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Bedley received her Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder where she was an Administrative Assistant. Afterwards, Bedley received her Master of Arts in Sociology from Rutgers University as well as her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sociology. As a Graduate Assistant for the RU Fair Advance IT grant at Rutgers University a few years ago, Bedley conducted several interviews with faculty throughout the Rutgers campuses and assessed the impact of the Women of Color Scholars Initiative as well. Her work for the Women of Color Scholars Initiative was to evaluate the effectiveness for retaining pre-tenure self-identified women of color faculty at Rutgers University. As a result, the participants involved found the program to be important for transitions to their jobs at Rutgers.

Bedley is also an instructor in the department of Sociology and teaches interdisciplinary courses on topics of the research process, methodology, and graduate education preparation along with other courses. Additionally, Crystal Bedley has worked with numerous students on their research for a countless number of projects and with Dr. Catherine Lee on a project that looks at the challenges to social constructionism in this “genomic era,” which is awaiting publication.