Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice



Jeff A. Larson

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Office:   Liberal Arts, Room 3218
Phone:   410-704-2929
Fax:   410-704-2854
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Jeff Larson, Ph.D.

Jeff Larson received his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona before coming to Towson University in 2009.  His research lies at the intersection of social movements and organizational studies,

with a focus on organizational behavior within movements.  In recent years, Jeff conducted field work in Seattle, WA, examining the social movement field there and the factors that influence organizations' decisions about which issues, tactics, and targets to adopt in their campaigns.  More recently he has begun a project (with Michael Elliott) to better understand the "Arab Spring" protests that spread across North Africa and the Middle East in early 2011.  He has also published work on levels of social movement organizational activity, collective memories of Che Guevara, and causes of failure among nonprofit organizations.   At Towson, Jeff teaches courses on social movements, race, class, and gender, social and political change, and introductory Sociology.


Selected Publications

Larson, Jeff A. “Social Movements and Tactical Choice.” Forthcoming in Sociology Compass.

Larson, Jeff A. and William Tsitsos. “Speed Dating and the Presentation of Self: A Teaching Exercise in Impression Management and Formation.” Forthcoming in Teaching Sociology.

Larson, Jeff A., and Sarah A. Soule. 2009. “Sector Level Dynamics and Collective Action in the United States, 1965-1975.” Mobilization 14(2): 293-314.

Larson, Jeff A., and Omar Lizardo. 2007. “Generations, Identities, and the Collective Memory of Che Guevara.” Sociological Forum 22(4): 425–451.







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