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 earned a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona and joined the faculty at Towson University in 2009.  His research and teaching interests converge on the question of how institutions change (or resist change) and the role that social movements play in those processes. Combining social movement and macro-organizational theories, Jeff's current research examines the ways that social movements themselves become institutionalized, resisting change even as political conditions present opportunities to adapt. Along these lines, Jeff teaches courses on Social Movements and Social & Political Change. In addition, he teaches Race, Class, & Gender and Introduction to Sociology.


Selected Publications

Larson, Jeff A., and Omar Lizardo. 2015. "An Institutional Logics Approach to the Analysis of Social Movement Fields." Social Currents 2(1): 58–80.

Larson, Jeff A. 2013. “Social Movements and Tactical Choice.” Sociology Compass 7(10): 86–879.

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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