Larissa earned her B.A. in Sociology at San Francisco State University in 2014 and her M.S. in Sociology at the University of Oregon in 2016. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Labor Education & Research Center.
Larissa has particular expertise in the areas of low-wage work and unpredictable scheduling, knowledge work and STEM occupations, gender and work, postfeminism, and community labor organizing. She has published research on the development of postfeminist communities as a means to address institutional sexism, and has co-authored research exploring workers' responses to unpredictable scheduling practices and institutional communication on sexual violence. She has also co-authored reports on Oregon's Fair Work Week Legislation, and is currently preparing a manuscript on a co-authored longitudinal research project assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on low-wage service workers' experiences in Oregon.
Her dissertation research explores the work arrangements of software workers in the Pacific Northwest. She argues that a project management method called Agile allows firms to achieve what she calls Taylored Flexibility - a strategy to improve control over unpredictable and discontinuous work by using a combination of both direct and 'soft' controls. Most notably, she illuminates the importance of the spatial coordination of workers under Agile, raising questions about the viability of remote work for software workers.
Larissa is also passionate and energic instructor in sociology, and received the Charles W. Hunt Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019. She has taught online and in-person courses on Sociological Research Methods, American Society, and Work and Occupations, and designed an upper-division course titled Transformations in the Labor Process. Finally, Larissa is a dedicated union activist, serving in a number of leadership roles in the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) including the 2019 Bargaining Committee.