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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 adviser. He has taught courses in anthropology, language and linguistics, and Eastern Europe at Grinnell, the University of Iowa, and Miami University of Ohio. He has also taught English, German, and theater abroad; studied at a foreign university; and participated in several kinds of exchanges. Jonathan is fluent in Slovak and German, and has done coursework in several other languages. In addition to serving as a program manager for GIL and GIW, he advises students on off-campus study and assists with the college's international programs. Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, Jonathan will draw on his ethnographic and and international experience to explore and pilot different short courses related to off-campus study, 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. His book Critical Thinking in Slovakia after Socialism was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2013. 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