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Colleen Larson

Program Director of Educational Leadership and Policy; Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

212 998-5512

Professor Larson's interests are rooted in the philosophy of social science, the methodologies of interpretive inquiry, and the sociopolitical theories of equity underpinning social and institutional reform in industrialized and developing nations. Her teaching unites her interests in examining equity policy through organizational ethnography and case study research. Dr. Larson teaches courses in the politics of multiculturalism and is also a member of the Interdepartmental Research Studies Faculty in Humanities and Social Science, teaching courses in interpretive inquiry methodology. With Professor Teboho Moja, Dr. Larson serves as Co- Director and research faculty for the NYU study abroad program in South Africa, focusing on issues of institutional equity and access in post-Apartheid S. Africa.

Selected Publications

  • Larson, C. & Murtadha, K. (2002). Leadership for social justice. In J. Murphy (Ed). The educational leadership challenge: Redefining leadership for the 21st century. NSSE Yearbook. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Larson, C. and Ovando, C. (2001). The color of bureaucracy. Wadsworth Press: Belmont, CA.
  • Larson, C. "Re-presenting the subject: Problems of collaboration in autobiography and personal narrative inquiry." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 10(4) 1997.
  • Larson, C. (1991). "Transforming management philosophy: Beyond the illusion of change. In C. Larson & H. Preskill (Eds). Organizations in Transition"San Francisco: Jossey Bass.


Educational Leadership

Prepare for leadership positions in education and policy at the community, school, district, state, and national levels.

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Organizational Theory I

Basic principles of development & explication of theory about organization. Survey of theories on the structure & design of organizations, with emphasis on application of theories & concepts to educational organizations.
Course #
AMLT-GE 2053
Administration, Leadership, and Technology