Eric Larson


Eric Larson, PhD he/him

Associate Professor

Crime & Justice Studies

Curriculum Vitae




Liberal Arts 399J


2011Brown UniversityPhD in American Studies
2004Brown UniversityMA in American Studies
2002University of ColoradoMA in History


  • Crime & Justice Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Black Studies





Examines Crime and Justice Studies as a multidisciplinary field of study that bridges criminology, criminal justice, and justice studies. Students engage with a variety of histories, policies, procedures, and politics that inform how crime and justice are constructed within U.S. transnational and intersectional contexts. Areas of analysis include state-making, citizenship, social control, criminality, surveillance and security, war, rights and law, revolution, prison writing, nonviolence, collective justice, and abolitionism.

The internship experience is designed to provide a broad exposure to the workings of crime and justice related organizations, businesses, agencies, and collectives¿including but not limited to advocacy groups, community based programs and organizations, nonprofit organizations, courts, law offices, social service, law enforcement agencies, and research related positions, including academia.  


Online and Continuing Education Courses

A study of sociological theorists. Designed to teach the theoretical foundations necessary for the critical study of crime and justice, the course will cover a range of theories focusing on those that assist in a critique of problems of power in matters of crime and justice.
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Research interests

  • Hemispheric American Studies
  • Comparative Race & Ethnicity
  • Neoliberalism
  • Labor
  • Transnational Social Movements

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Eric Larson (2023).
    Grounding Global Justice: Race, Class, and Grassroots Globalism in the U.S. and Mexico. Publisher: University of California Press
  • Larson, Eric D. (2018).
    Anti-Colonial Anti-Intervention: Puerto Rican Independentismo and the U.S. "Anti-Intervention" Left in Reagan-Era Boston
    Journal of Transnational American Studies, 93-118.
  • Eric D. Larson (2018).
    Tradition and Transition: Neoliberal Multiculturalism and the Containment of Indigenous Insurgency in Southern Mexico in the 1990s
    Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 22-46.
  • Eric D. Larson (2015).
    Black Lives Matter and Bridge-Building: Labor Education for a "New Jim Crow" Era
    Labor Studies Journal, 36-66.
  • Eric Larson (editor) (2013).
    Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices. Publisher: PM Press

Eric Larson is a comparative scholar of race, labor, and social movements in the neoliberal Americas. He is author of Grounding Global Justice: Race, Class, and Grassroots Globalism in the U.S. and Mexico (University of California Press, 2023). The book reconsiders the explosive emergence of “anti-globalization” movements at the turn of the twenty-first century in the U.S. and Mexico. What does that moment mean for today, when Trumpism has once again made globalization a key topic in public life? By situating social movements amidst the twin forces of racialized criminalization and state-sponsored multiculturalism, the book details the way poor people helped challenge official understandings of globalization and national belonging.

Larson’s research has appeared in journals including Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, and he published an article on labor and #BlackLivesMatter in the Labor Studies Journal. He also compiled and edited Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices (PM Press, 2013), to which he contributed a prologue. His work is informed by local justice struggles and popular education, and he works directly with Break the Cycle Cooperative Hub. The organization published an important report on worker-owned cooperatives for community members returning from prison in 2022. At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Larson teaches courses on borders, criminalization, racism, social movements, and social theory. He also teaches in prison and leads a Study Abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico, where students work with local partners to compare forms of racialization and systems of restorative and transformative justice. He received his PhD in American Studies from Brown University in 2011. You can find more of his writing at