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Judi Pajo

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology and Anthropology

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    41 Park Row 717
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New York City

Spring 2021

Mon 12:15pm-3:15pm

Fri 12:15pm-2:15pm

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Spring 2021

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Spring 2021


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, 2010-2015, and at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, 2005-2006. Professor Pajo's 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 Social Science Computer Review; PLOS One; Energy, Sustainability, and Society; Anthropos; and Anthropology News. Professor Pajo received her doctorate from the University of California—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 and at Pace University. Between 2015 and 2019 Professor Pajo was a Board Member of the American Anthropological Association's Section on the Anthropology of Public Policy; she was also Co-editor of the Anthropology of Policy Section of the AAA's Anthropology News. As the Acting Editor of ROROTOKO Professor Pajo curates and produces in-depth features on some of the most fascinating scholarship at the cutting edge of the social sciences and the humanities.


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

Pace University, 2020 - Provost's Student–Faculty Research Program Award
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, 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. (2020). Institut für Materielle Kultur. Carl von Ossietzky Universität. Learning From Texts, and Text as Data. Oldenburg, Germany.

Pajo, J. (2020). Institut für Materielle Kultur. Carl von Ossietzky Universität. What is New in American Academia, and What Does it Mean?. Oldenburg, Germany.

Pajo, J. (2019). 2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research. Environment: Social Formations and Natural Formations. Oldenburg, Germany.

Pajo, J. (2018). Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute. University of Minnesota. Transforming Environments in Europe and North America: Narratives, Histories, Cultures. Minneapolis, MN.

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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