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Dr. Elizabeth A. Larsen


  • B.A.: Economics, University of Virginia
  • M.A.: Sociology, George Mason University
  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Doctoral Certificate: Women’s Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Larsen has brought the Cal U sociology program in line with the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology (CACS) accreditation standards.

She has worked with Carnegie Mellon University, Magee-Women's Hospital, and various social service and mental health services agencies, delivering research products that have brought about positive social change for the organizations and those they serve.

She has had several articles published in professional and peer-reviewed sociology journals, such as Contemporary Ethnography, Gender, Work and Organization, and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.

Her research interests are related to gender - women and men in the workplace, in the field of computer science, and social aspects of women's health.


  • Principles of Sociology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Field Research Methods
  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Evaluation Research
  • Social Theory and Society
  • Social Stratification


  • 2006 Larsen, Elizabeth. The Impact of Occupational Sex Segregation on Family Businesses: The Case of American Harness Racing.
    • Gender, Work, and Organization
    • July 2006, Volume 13, No. 4, pages 359-382.
  • 2006 Larsen, Elizabeth. A Vicious Oval: Why Women Trainers and Drivers Seldom Reach the Top in American Harness Racing.
    • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
    • April 2006, Volume 35, Issue No. 2, pages 119-147
  • Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
  • June 2005, Volume 11, Issue No. 2, pages 139-169.

Professional Affiliations

  • Served as president for the Pennsylvania Sociological Society
  • Elected vice president of the national Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS)

Classroom Experience

Students have:

  • Designed a survey to give to residents of the town of California to determine their interests in terms of recreational facilities in the borough so that the California Recreation Authority could make an informed decision about how to allocate residents' tax dollars. 
  • Examined the new Healthy Habits program of exercise classes at the University in order to determine what attracts participants to these aerobics and other exercise classes. 
  • Studied the needs and preferences of baby boomers to determine what they are looking for in a senior community center and how these may differ from previous generations of the elderly.
  • Assessed how well the University is addressing the needs of transfer and non-traditional students, in order to improve their experience at Cal U

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Socio-Cultural Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Sociology
  • M.A. Conflict Resolution

Contact Information



Manderino Library 450