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Judith Pajo

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Sociology and Anthropology

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    41 Park Row 717
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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 10:30am-11:45am


Dr Pajo is a cultural anthropologist. She studied philosophy and theology at the U of Tübingen and the U of Münster in Germany and anthropology at the U of California in Irvine, where she earned her PhD. She teaches anthropology courses and environmental studies at Pace U. Her research on energy, waste, environment, culture, and society is based on ethnographic fieldwork in Berlin and in New York City and moves towards ethnological comparison of the United States and the European Union.


PhD , University of California, Irvine , 2008

Diplom , University of Münster, Germany , 2001

Vordiplom , University of Tübingen, Germany , 1998


Pajo, J. (2016). Making Sense of Nuclear Waste. Anthropology News. Vol 57 (Issue 11-12) , pages 40. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/11/02/making-sense-of-nuclear-waste/

Pajo, J. (2016). Recycling Entrepreneurs: Reflections on the Enterprise of “Scavenging” Beverage Containers in Berlin and New York. Anthropos. Vol 111 (Issue 2) , pages forthcoming.

Pajo, J. (2016, June). Two Paradigmatic Waves of Public Discourse on Nuclear Waste in the United States, 1945-2009: Understanding a Magnitudinal and Longitudinal Phenomenon in Anthropological Terms. PLoS ONE. Vol 11 (Issue 6: e0157652) , pages 1-22. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0157652

Pajo, J. (2015, December). Danger explodes, space implodes: the evolution of the environmental discourse on nuclear waste, 1945–1969. Energy, Sustainability and Society. Vol 5 (Issue 36) , pages 1-13. http://www.energsustainsoc.com/content/5/1/36

Pajo, J. & Powers, T. (2015). ASAP at AAA Meetings and the Anthropology of Energy, Waste and Health Policies. Anthropology News. Vol 56 (Issue 3-4) , pages 28-29.

Pajo, J. & Fiske, S. (2015). Terms of Climate Debate: Q&A with Shirley Fiske, AAA Global Climate Change Task Force Chair. Anthropology News. Vol 56 (Issue 2) , pages e9-e10.

Pajo, J. (2014). Review of The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America, 1890-2010 by Mary Nolan. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. Vol 23 (Issue 1) , pages 161-162.


Pajo, J. (2016). 23rd International Conference of Europeanists. Cultural Models of Radioactive Waste. Philadelphia, PA

Pajo, J. (2015). 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Is Nuclear Power Really Alternative Energy? Public Discourse on Risks, Emissions, and the Future of Energy. Denver, CO

Pajo, J. (2015). Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Fossil Fuels and Co.: What Does Alternative Energy Mean to the Public?. Denver, CO

Pajo, J. (2014). 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. 'National Burying Place Needed:' The Story of Nuclear Waste in the New York Times, 1945-1969. Washington, DC

Pajo, J. (2014). Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. Public Discourse on Nuclear Waste in the United States Since 1945. New York, NY.

Pajo, J. (2013). 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Energy Revolution: The End of Nuclear in Germany and the Future of Renewables in Europe. Chicago, IL.

Pajo, J. (2013). 36th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association. Living on Pfandflaschen and Dosenpfand in Berlin: An Ethnographic Study of Scavengers and Recycling Entrepreneurs. Denver, CO.

Pajo, J. (2012). 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Environmental Policies and Recycling Cultures in the United States and the European Union. Baltimore, MD.


Environment and Environmentalism; Nuclear Energy and Hazardous Waste; Household Waste and Recycling Practices; United States and European Union

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