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. His research has appeared in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Journal of Youth & Adolescence, and his work has received funding from the National Institute of Justice and National Science Foundation.

Beyond research, Matt is an instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and co-founder of JUST POETRY, an annual event that brings together individuals from diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds (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. He is also a gubernational apointee on the Correctional Officers Training Council through 2024. 


  • 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/PH 3050 - Mental Health & Crime (Winter 2022)

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