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Carolyn Lesorogol

Carolyn Lesorogol

PhD, Washington University
  • Areas of Focus:

  • International social development
  • Capacity building and participatory development
  • Institutional change
  • Political economy
  • Ethnographic research
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Carolyn Lesorogol

Carolyn Lesorogol researches international social development to understand how dynamic social change processes affect the well-being of families and communities. Using ethnography and mixed methods, she investigates the transition from communal to private land among Samburu pastoralists in Kenya, and its long term effects on land-use, cooperation, social norms and livelihoods.

Her recent work combines household-level data, agent-based and simulation computer modeling to examine how household land-use decisions affect ecological and well-being indicators. She is currently studying these issues in the context of community-based wildlife conservancies. Lesorogol also designs and implements capacity building community programs, including work with a community association in Kenya introducing a highly productive breed of dairy goats to improve household nutrition and income.

Lesorogol is currently on the editorial board of the journal Economic Anthropology and the monograph series Research in Economic Anthropology. 

Lesorogol is instrumental in the  Brown School’s efforts to engage students, faculty and staff in issues of global significance. She does extensive work on Global Programs, which supports international practica, international field-based courses, research and global programming at the school. She teaches master’s classes in international social development theory and practice and the doctoral course in qualitative research, and she coordinates the International Social and Economic Development concentration in the Master of Social Work program.

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