Larissa Glasser

Larissa Glasser

Library Assistant
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library

Larissa's work at The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives includes reference and technical services, cataloging monographs and serials, digitization project management, metadata curation, archival processing, and encouraging all students to pursue interests in STEAM fields without yielding to systemic biases of any kind.

Larissa's activities include ongoing work in Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Anti-Racism (DIBAR) initiatives, digital humanities, critical pedagogy, world history, and literature. Her other research interests include 21st Century Feminism, Journalism/Media, Heavy Metal studies, Byzantine History, Map Librarianship/GIS, Politics of The Cold War, Writing, Transgender Studies and History.

Larissa is a member of American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), The Digital Commonwealth, Horror Writers Association (HWA), and Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Larissa has volunteered with Harvard's LGBT Faculty and Staff Committee, Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, and has advocated for trans-inclusive healthcare on campus for over twenty years. Larissa is also an author of genre fiction and a musician.

Larissa is committed to academic freedom, social justice, library instruction, accessibility, and advancement of knowledge in world history and digital humanities. She invites colleagues to connect on LinkedIn and in person.


  • Archives
  • Research, Teaching, and Learning
  • Reference
  • Preservation