Elizabeth Larson

Senior Lecturer
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Elizabeth Larson is a senior lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, where she teaches human, regional and environmental geography courses. She regularly teaches Society and Environment; Geography of Latin America; Geography of the Middle East; the Geography of World Crises; and Population Geography. Early in her career, Larson studied refugee populations within Central America. In the mid-1990s, her work focus turned from the refugee movement to community dialogue and civic engagement in the public arena. She coordinated a two-year program, "Voices from Communities in Transition" for the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) (1995-1997), and then worked in municipal government as the director of "Scottsdale Voices," a citizen engagement program modeled after the Humanities Council's 'Voices' program. In 2002, Larson was awarded the Distinguished Public Scholar Award by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A. Latin American Studies, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge
  • B.A. Humanistic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Research Interests

Peace studies, human rights, and refugee studies

Publications

  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. SAFE Models of Civic Engagement: Sustaining Service Learning, (available only on CD). (2006).
  • Kevin McHugh, Elizabeth Larson-Keagy. These White Walls: The Dialectic of Retirement Communities. Journal of Aging Studies (2005).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. SAFE Connections through Community Colleges. (2005).
  • Elizabeth Larson-Keagy. Global Civic Engagement: Building an Ethic of Commitment to Service through Human Geography. Journal for Civic Commitment (2004).
  • Elizabeth Larson-Keagy. We Are All Related: Service Learning, Civic Engagement, and Connectedness. Publication of Community College National Center for Community Engagement (2003).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. We Are All Related: Service Learning, Civic Engagement, and Connectedness. (2003).
  • Elizabeth Larson-Keagy. Arizona September 11th Community Conversations: A Resource for Librarians and Teachers. Publication of the Arizona Humanities Council (2002).
  • Elizabeth Larson-Keagy. Through Whose Eyes: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement from Culturally Diverse Perspectives. Publication of Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges (2002).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Through Whose Eyes: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement from Culturally Diverse Perspectives. (2002).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
GCU 121 World Geography
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 351 Population Geography
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 351 Population Geography
GCU 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
GCU 121 World Geography
LIA 194 Special Topics
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
GCU 121 World Geography
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GCU 323 Geography of Latin America
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
LIA 194 Special Topics
GCU 351 Population Geography
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
PUP 494 Special Topics
GCU 494 Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
GCU 328 Geography Middle East/N Africa
GCU 351 Population Geography
GCU 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GCU 121 World Geography
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography
GCU 323 Geography of Latin America
GCU 328 Geography Middle East/N Africa
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
GPH 494 Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GCU 323 Geography of Latin America
GCU 328 Geography Middle East/N Africa
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 351 Population Geography
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
GCU 121 World Geography
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GCU 328 Geography Middle East/N Africa
GCU 351 Population Geography
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
GPH 494 Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 351 Population Geography
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GCU 121 World Geography
GCU 323 Geography of Latin America
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises
GCU 424 Geography Mexico/Middle Amer

Presentations

  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Human Rights in Latin America. Latin America GeoTour for the Arizona Geographic Alliance (Feb 2006).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Session Chair: Latin America. APCG conference (Nov 2005).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Arizona's Changing Demography: Implications for Social and Policy Change. Center for Transatlantic Relations, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The (Nov 2005).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Local to Global Perspectives on Community, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning. Statewide Faculty Training Institute at Howard Community College (May 2005).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Arizona's Changing Demography. Arizona Geographic Alliance (Oct 2004).
  • Larson-Keagy, Elizabeth. Arizona's Changing Demography. Arizona Library Association (Mar 2004).

Honors/Awards

2012  Student Success Grant, from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU, for Journey Stories: People and Place in Motion, $29,910, with Kevin McHugh

2011  Arizona State Scholar, for the Smithsonian Institutions Museum on Main Streets Travelling Exhibit, Journey Stories, through 2014.

2011  Arizona Geographic Alliance Certificate of Appreciation

2010  Distinguished Member (and Keynote Speaker) National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

2002  Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Mesa Community College

2002  Distinguished Public Scholar Award, Arizona Humanities Council

Service

  • Nourish International, faculty advisor (2010 - Present)
  • Stand Up for Kids, faculty advisor (2010 - Present)
  • USFT - United Students for Fair Trade, faculty advisor (2009 - Present)
  • Rhodes Junior High, keynote speaker - Indigenous Rights in Latin America & Heifer International (2008 - Present)
  • Arizona Geographic Alliance, presenter - "Geography of Latin America" (2008 - Present)
  • Arizona Geographic Alliance, presenter - "Indigenous Rights in Latin America" (2008 - Present)
  • Friendship Village, presenter - Afghanistan's Cultural and Physical Geography (2008 - Present)
  • Tempe Public Library for Arizona Humanities Council, facilitator - book discussion The Kite Runner (2008 - Present)
  • COAR (Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees), Faculty Advisor (2008 - Present)
  • COAR - Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, faculty advisor (2008 - Present)
  • ASU Center for Religion and Coflict Conference - Rhetoric of Peace, April 2008, session chair (2008 - Present)
  • Ajo Public Library for Arizona Humanities Council, facilitator - book discussion The Kite Runner (2008 - Present)
  • Arizona Geographic Alliance, presenter - Human Rights in Asia (2008 - Present)
  • Global Outreach, Club Advisor (2007 - Present)
  • Global Outreach at ASU, Faculty Advisor (2007 - Present)
  • Peace Certificate exploration committee, ASU, Committee Member (2006 - Present)
  • ASU School of Geographical Sciences Undergraduate Committee, Committee Member (2005 - Present)
  • Arizona Insights, Newsletter for the Arizona Humanities Council, Editor (2004 - Present)
  • Journal for Civic Commitment, published on-line by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE), Executive Editor (2003 - Present)
  • Teaching Foundations Project, curriculum development (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona Humanities Council & Phoenix VA Hospital, facilitator (2009 - 2010)
  • Arizona Humanities Council & VA Hospital Phx, facilitator (2009 - 2010)
  • Arizona Geographic Alliance, presenter (2009 - 2009)
  • ASU - Center for Religion and Conflict, Committee Member - Peace Studies Certificate Discussion Group (2007 - 2008)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Search Committee Member for Executive Director (2007 - 2008)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Newsletter Editor (2004 - 2007)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Speakers Bureau (2004 - 2007)
  • The Journal for Civic Commitment, Executive Editor (2002 - 2007)
  • Literature & Medicine, a monthly book and poetry discussion series sponsored and funded in-part by the Arizona Humanities Council, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, and the Maine Humanities Council, Facilitator (2006 - 2007)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Facilitator for Literature & Medicine at St. Josephs Hospital & Medical Center (2006 - 2007)
  • Community College National Center for Community Engagement, Executive Editor (2006 - 2006)
  • The Journal for Civic Commitment www.mc.maricopa.edu/engagement/Journal, Executive Editor (2002 - 2006)
  • Grandview Terrace, Sun City West, Talk on Arab-Americans before and after 9-11 (2005 - 2005)
  • Forum Committee (Fall '04), Co-coordinated departmental Graduate Student Forums in the Fall of 2004 with Robert Balling (2004 - 2004)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Interim Program Director (2003 - 2004)
  • Arizona Community College Associations and the Kettering Foundation's National Issues Forums, Created a Humanities Reader for Coming of Age in Arizona Forums (2003 - 2003)
  • Arizona Bar Association's Law-Related Education program - We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution, and Project Citizen, Arizona Department of Education Social Studies and Language Arts correlations (2002 - 2002)
  • Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges, Interim Program Director (2002 - 2002)
  • We the People?the Citizen and the Constitution funded by the Arizona Bar Foundation and the Center for Civic Education 2000, District Coordinator (AZ-CD5) (2002 - 2002)
  • Wu Yi University, Jiangmen, Guangdong, China, Talks on Afghanistan, and A Westerner's Perspective of the Geography of China (2002 - 2002)
  • One Book Arizona, sponsored by the Maricopa County Library Council, the Arizona Humanities Council, Arizona State Library; Perennial Books, and the Arizona Republic. Lead two book discussions in Guadalupe and Mesa around the book Animal Dreams, by Barbar, Facilitator (2002 - 2002)
  • Cultural Geography of Afghanistan, and American-Arabs in the Aftermath of September 11th, for the Arizona September 11th Community Conversations, for the Arizona Humanities Council, Humanities Scholar (2001 - 2002)
  • Mesa Unified School District, Presentation on Afghanistan: Geography, Politics and Humanitarian Situation (2001 - 2001)
  • International City Managers Association (ICMA-Mexico City), Participacion Ciudadana: El Motor del Desarrollo Local (Citizen Participation: Motor of Local Development) (2001 - 2001)
  • Mesa Community College, Talk on Afghanistan: Geography and Humanitarian Situation (2001 - 2001)
  • The Role of the Citizen in American Democracy, Teacher-Training Summer Institute sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and the Arizona Bar Foundation's Law-Related Education, Flagstaff, AZ, Scholar/Speaker (2001 - 2001)
  • Stories of Love, Life, and Work: A Bilingual Book Discussion Series, funded by Human Pursuits: The Western Humanities Division, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Desert Sage Public Library, Phoenix, AZ, Humanities Scholar (2001 - 2001)
  • Tavan Elementary, Scottsdale Unified School District, Exploring Diversity through the Humanities and the Social Sciences (2001 - 2001)
  • City of Scottsdale's General Plan Update, Future in Focus, Conducted dialogues in Spanish, analyzed input, and wrote report (in English) (2000 - 2000)
  • Scottsdale Voices, City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona (civic engagement/public participation/community programming project), Program Director (1997 - 2000)
  • We the People?the Citizen and the Constitution, National High School Competition, Washington, D.C, Judge (2000 - 2000)
  • Project Citizen, Middle School Competition, sponsored by the Arizona Bar Foundation and the Center for Civic Education, Judge (2000 - 2000)
  • City of Sedona, Arizona, Conceptualized and facilitated a Design Charette (2000 - 2000)
  • Phoenix Public Library Luncheon Series, on Healing Choices, Speaker (2000 - 2000)
  • Fountain Hills Civic Association, Training in Deliberation (2000 - 2000)
  • ASU's School of Business, Diversity in the Workplace 2000, conference, Speaker on Diversity (2000 - 2000)
  • Panel Discussion on Diversity for Volunteers Plus, Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona, Moderator (2000 - 2000)
  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State-level high school student competition sponsored by the Arizona Bar Association, Judge (2000 - 2000)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, speaker (01-2009 - 12-2009)

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