Peter Larsen

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Peter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies, and is a practicing attorney. Recent projects have focused on race, culture, and the law, including topics such as the Green Book, the CROWN Act, environmental racism, hate speech, and partisan gerrymandering. Prior work experience has included serving as law clerk to Justice Brent Appel of the Iowa Supreme Court, and as a policy researcher at the Harkin Institute. Peter is passionate about practical application of his research, and has worked in the past on discriminatory pre-textual traffic stops and “ban the box” legislation. At the University of Iowa, Peter serves as both an instructor and teaching assistant in American Studies for courses such as Understanding American Cultures and Sport and the Media.


Research Interests: 
  • Historical and contemporary civil rights inequalities
  • Race and the law
  • Gender and the law
  • Sexuality and the law
  • Public policy 
  • Allyship
  • Environmental racism
  • The nexus of law, culture, and public policy
Peter Larsen
J.D., Drake University Law School, M.A., University of Chicago (Social Sciences), B.A., Augsburg University (International Relations, Political Science, Religion), A.A., Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Liberal Arts)

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United States