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Jonathan Larson

Assoc. Dir of Off-Campus Study, Instructor of Anthropology

Jonathan brings to OCS a range of international experiences as an educator, scholar, administrator, and academic adviser. He has taught courses in anthropology, language and linguistics, and Eastern Europe at Grinnell, the University of Iowa, and Miami University of Ohio. Jonathan brings other perspectives on trends and best practices to the office from activity in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad.  He is a certified professional in the Forum's Standards of Good Practice. From 2016-17 he served as interim director of the Office of OCS. With an Innovation Fund grant from Grinnell College, he is developing courses related to off-campus study and exploring the uses of online teaching in international education.  A firm believer in the value of language study, Jonathan is fluent in three languages. Jonathan's academic research has focused on issues of language, politics, knowledge, and history in East Central Europe, and has been funded by several fellowships. More recently he has been exploring the internationalization of higher education. His book Critical Thinking in Slovakia after Socialism was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2013 and in a Slovak translation by Kalligram in 2017. For a summary of his scholarship, see http://grinnell.academia.edu/JonathanLarson

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4640


(641) 269-4718

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Unit Head: 

Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Courses Taught: 

Tutorial: Language, Culture, and Censorship; Introduction to Anthropology; Introduction to General Linguistics