Matthew Larson

Matthew Larson

Associate Professor

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Matthew Larson


Criminology & Criminal Justice

Matthew 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, which is a federal initiative centered on increasing the attainment of PhDs by students from underrepresented segments of society. In general, his research focuses on life-course criminology, violence, romantic relationships, 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, Matthew 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 previously received the Learning Community Coordinator of the Year Award at Wayne State and the Award for Excellence in Diversity & Social Justice at Saint Louis University.


  • 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 (Winter 2020)
  • CRJ 3050 Mental Health and Crime (Winter 2020)

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