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Judith Pajo

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology and Anthropology

  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 717
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New York City

(by appointment)


Judi Pajo is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the New York City campus of Pace University. She was previously a Visiting Scholar at New York University and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Judi's current research revolves around developing a quantitative falsification framework for qualitative findings and interpretations, adapting anthropological methods to investigating magnitudinal and longitudinal phenomena and non-traditional settings, and illuminating the sociocultural existence of nuclear waste in American public discourse. Her articles have appeared in PLOS One; Energy, Sustainability, and Society; Anthropos; and Anthropology News, where she is co-editor of the Public Policy Section. Judi Pajo received her doctorate from the University of California at Irvine, on an ethnographic study of the German culture of recycling. She has been the recipient of research funding from the National Science Foundation as well as a number of sources at the University of California (Irvine and Berkeley) and at Pace University. She is a Board Member of the American Anthropological Association's Section on the Anthropology of Public Policy. Since 2016 Judi serves as the Acting Editor of ROROTOKO.COM where she curates authoritative in-depth features on some of the most cutting-edge research in social sciences and humanities that is published in English today.


PhD in Anthropology , University of California, Irvine , 2008

MA in Anthropology , University of California, Irvine , 2004

Diplom in Theology , University of Münster, Germany , 2001

Vordiplom in Theology , University of Tübingen, Germany , 1998

Awards and Honors

  • Dyson College, 2019 - Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • Pace University, 2019 - Straus Thinking and Learning Center Grant
  • Dyson College, 2019 - Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Program Award
  • Pace University, 2018 - Provost's Student–Faculty Research Program Award
  • Pace University, 2017 - Kenan Faculty Development Grant


Pajo, J. (2019). Quantitative Falsification for Qualitative Findings: Falsifying an Ethnographic Theory of American Public Discourse on Nuclear Waste With Text Mining in R. Social Science Computer Review. Vol 37 (Issue 3) , pages 315-332.

Pajo, J. (2016). Making Sense of Nuclear Waste. Anthropology News. Vol 57 (Issue 11-12)

Pajo, J. (2016). Recycling Entrepreneurs: Reflections on the Enterprise of “Scavenging” Beverage Containers in Berlin and New York. Anthropos. Vol 111 (Issue 2) , pages 628-637.

Pajo, J. (2016). 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.

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. (2015). 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.

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. (2017). 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. A Report from the Text Mine. Washington, DC

Pajo, J. (2016). 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Cultural Models of Radioactive Waste: A Text Mining Approach. Minneapolis, MN

Pajo, J. (2016). 23rd International Conference of Europeanists. Cultural Models of Radioactive Waste: Who Is Responsible?. 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). 40th 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). 6th 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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