Larry has spent most of his academic career at the Australian National University, where he has been both Head of Department (Sociology) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He has published books and articles in the fields of sociology of education, comparative education, student career plans, and student political socialisation. He recently was joint chief investigator for the ongoing Youth Electoral Study (YES), which is partnered with the Australian Electoral Commission, and he was co-investigator of the NCVER-funded project: Talent Loss among Australian Youth.
Prior to coming to the ANU, Larry taught at the University of Texas (Austin) and the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). As a visitor, he has lectured and/or given courses at the University of Stockholm, the University of Oslo, The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil), and the University of Otago (New Zealand). He has been visiting fellow at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), Stanford University, the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO, Paris) and the University of Houston. He also was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Italy. Larry is currently Editor-in-Chief for Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, and he is a Vice President of the Research Committee for Sociology of Education (RC04) of the International Sociological Association. He is also the current convenor for the CASS Bachelor of Philosophy program (PhB).