Abby Larson is a sociologist and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.
She studies change in work, organizations, and markets, most recently in the finance and high tech sectors. Her dissertation draws on fieldwork in the global financial capitals of New York, London, and Frankfurt, and her current project examines the organization of education, work, and innovation in Silicon Valley.
Prior to Stanford, Larson received her Ph.D. in sociology from New York University (2006-2010) and was then the National Science Foundation and American Sociological Association Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been named a Fellow at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, a German Chancellor Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Rotary International Scholar, and has facilitated research programming for organizations such as the Social Science Research Council (2005-2008) and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). Between 2005-2007, Larson helped to establish the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an enterprise to facilitate empirical research on public schools, and which brings together partners from the public, private, academic, philanthropic, and not-for-profit sectors. Larson has lived and conducted research in Argentina, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, studied at Oxford University, and earned a joint M.A./B.A. with honors from Stanford University.