Crime & Justice Studies
Liberal Arts 399J
Eric Larson is a comparative scholar of race, labor, and social movements in the neoliberal Americas. His current book project, Grounding Anti-Globalization: Race, Class, and Grassroots Globalism in the U.S. and Mexico, 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 recently 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 is co-founder and coordinator of the Rhode Island Solidarity School. 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 Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in 2011. You can find more of his writing here.