Matthew Larson

Matthew Larson

Matthew Larson

Matt is an Associate Professor who completed his Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Arizona State University in 2013. Prior to his graduate training, he was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s McNair Scholars Program, a federal initiative centered on increasing the attainment of PhDs by students from historically underrepresented groups. In general, his research focuses on life-course criminology, violence, and the intersection of mental illness and criminal justice policy. He is currently working on a book, Broken: Mental illness, crime, and the criminal justice system in America (under contract w/Oxford University Press), which will be published in 2022.

Beyond research, Matt is an instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and 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, children with incarcerated parents, victims of violence, etc.) to explore “justice” through poetry/spoken word. He has received the CLAS Teaching Award, the Learning Community Coordinator of the Year Award, and, while at Saint Louis University, the Award for Excellence in Diversity & Social Justice.


  • 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

  • On sabbatical for the Fall 2021 semester

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