Matthew Larson

Matthew Larson

Assistant Professor

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Matthew Larson

Matthew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal who completed his Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Prior to his graduate training, he was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s McNair Scholar’s Program. In general, his research broadly focuses on life-course criminology, violence, and the intersection of mental health/illness and criminal justice policy. Beyond research, he’s currently an instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and previously developed and coordinated the Justice & Society Learning Community. Matthew is also founder and co-organizer of Just Poetry, an annual event that brings together individuals from diverse perspectives and experiences (e.g. officers of the Detroit Police Department, individuals with incarcerated loved ones, former juvenile lifers, victims of violence, etc.) to explore “justice” through poetry/spoken word.


  • Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State Univeristy, 2013
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, 2009
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, Siena Heights University, 2007

Courses taught

CRJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ 5995 Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program