Ann Larson is a writer and activist focused on economic justice. Her writing on education, debt, and low-wage work has appeared in the New Republic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is co-author of Can't Pay Won't Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition and has given many invited talks on debtor activism, including at Brooklyn College, Western University, UCLA, and Harvard Law School.
The Secret Anti-Socialist History of Supermarkets
Co-published with Jacobin. The supermarket was used as a key piece of anti-communist propaganda early in the twentieth century against the alternative of grocery co-ops.
Why Canceling Student Debt Should Be a Universal Benefit
Co-published with The Nation. The lesson from the Corinthian debt strikers: Should President Biden cancel student loan debt, it should be done without making debtors jump through hoops.
“The Great Resignation” Is a Great Exaggeration
Co-published with The Nation. Workers are quitting their jobs in record numbers, but it’s not a turning point for labor power.
My Disturbing Stint on a Corporate Wellness App
Co-published with Slate. At some point, I realized the goal was to make my job kill me slower.
My Pandemic Year Behind the Checkout Counter
Co-published with The New Republic. On working amid paranoid customers, hungry shoplifters, sick co-workers, and people who just need a bathroom.