Prior to joining Humantarian Policy Group, Larissa held a variety of academic and policy positions, including academic posts at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and Conrad Grebel University College (Canada) and a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the US Agency for International Development (2014-2016). She was a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar at Uppsala University (Sweden) and the University of Manchester (UK). She has published extensively about the causes of and responses to violence against conflict interveners, such as aid workers and peacebuilders. Her book, Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism (2014, University of Pennsylvania Press) explores and critiques humanitarianism through the lens of narratives about violence against aid workers and aid agency responses to the violence. Her research has been funded by the Swiss Development Corporation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the US Agency for International Development.