Carol Carpenter

Senior Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in Natural Resource Social Science and Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology

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Tel: 203 432-7530

Faculty Support
Julie Cohen, 203 432-8467



Ph.D., M.A. Cornell University, B.A., Binghamton University


Dr. Carpenter’s teaching and research interests focus on the social science of conservation and sustainable development, the social science of the global economy, the invisibility of implementation in conservation and development projects, the impacts of conservation and development on third-world agriculture, and the theories that underlie this social science.  She spent four years in Indonesia in the early 1980s engaged in household and community-level urban research on rituals and social networks. She then spent four years in Pakistan in the late 1980s working as a development consultant, primarily on social forestry issues, for USAID, the World Bank, and the Asia Foundation, among others. She has held teaching positions at Syracuse University, the University of Hawaii, and Hawaii-Pacific University, and a research position at the East-West Center.  She has taught at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies since 1998.  She is a fellow of Grace Hopper College.