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Samantha Larson



Sam earned her M.S. in Sociology and a College Teaching Certificate from North Dakota State University in 2011. She served as a research assistant for the Provost’s Commission on the Status of Women Faculty investigating recruitment and retention under an NSF ADVANCE initiative. She also served as the Bush Foundation Teacher Effectiveness research assistant. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Society, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Tapestry of Diverse Talents during that time. Sam was also the recipient of the Laurie Loveland Feminist Scholarship and the Sustainability Grant Proposal Scholarship at NDSU. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota with a B.A. in Social Science and finished her final semester studying conflict management and international communication at the American College of Norway in 2005.

Her teaching experience includes instruction of the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Sociology, U.S. History to 1877, and a special topics Think Global/Act Local Service Seminar. Sam developed the latter seminar based on the V-Day NDSU campaign that she co-founded in 2009, which is a grassroots movement that raises funds for local and global organizations that aim to end violence against women and girls. She was also an assistant advisor of the NDSU Sociology Club and volunteered as a student mentor for two Introduction to Media Writing courses in 2012.

Other professional experience includes more than eight years of nonprofit management, programming, and development. Her nonacademic service includes two AmeriCorps terms, and she is currently the Vice-Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community in her hometown of Lakewood, CO. Sam’s nonacademic interests include cycling, hiking, playing guitar, amateur filmmaking, urban farming, and clearing her mind by (slowly but steadily) training for half-marathons.



Sam began the Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2013.  Her research interests include: emergency management, sustainable development, social vulnerability, and climate justice. She is currently a research assistant with Dr. Benoy Jacob. Sam is also  working with Dr. Brian Gerber and Dr. Malcolm Goggin to investigate the factors that influence the use and acquisition of research-based knowledge in climate action and community resiliency planning at the local level. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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