Judith Pajo

Judith Pajo

Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology NY

Judith Pajo

41 Park Row


Faculty Bio

Judith Pajo is associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Society of Fellows of Dyson College at Pace University. Professor Pajo's new research on interfaith discourse and practices in the North Atlantic region draws on her background in cultural anthropology, political philosophy, and Catholic theology. Professor Pajo received her doctorate from the University of California-Irvine, on an ethnographic study of the culture of recycling that flourished in post-1990 Germany. 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 of the Anthropology of Public Policy; she was also co-editor of the Anthropology of Policy section of the AAA's Anthropology News. Between 2010 and 2015 she was a visiting scholar at New York University; she was also NYU's faculty advisor for the Transatlantic Consortium for European Union Studies and Simulations. As the editor of ROROTOKO, between 2016 and 2024, Professor Pajo curated and produced in-depth features on some of the most fascinating scholarship at the cutting edge of the social sciences and the humanities.


PhD, Anthropology, University of California-Irvine, 2008

Visiting Student, Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2006

MA, Anthropology, University of California-Irvine, 2004

Diplom, Katholische Theologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 2001

Visiting Student, Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, 1999

Vordiplom, Katholische Theologie, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, 1998

Courses Taught

Past Courses

ANT 101: Introduction to Anthropology
ANT 108: Glbl Culture & Lcl Identities
ANT 210: Urban Ethnography
ANT 218: Wmn & Gender in a Glbl Perspec
ANT 226: Environmental Anthropology
ANT 227: Economic Anthropology
ANT 228: Political Anthropology
ANT 296: Topic: Economic Anthropology
ANT 297: Policy & Culture in Erpn Union
ANT 297: Topic: Political Anthropology
ANT 300: Culture in the Anthropocene
ANT 390: Internship in Anthropology
ENV 110: Nature & Culture: Connections
ENV 226: Environmental Anthropology
ENV 240: Env Pract in Amrcn Cltr & Scty
ENV 380: Junior Year Research Seminar
ENV 498: Mentoring Seminar
ENV 499: Senior Year Exp/Environmental
INT 295: Topics: People & Markets
INT 299: Tpc: Envrnmnt, Tchnlgy, Scty
INT 299: Welcome to the Anthropocene
MAT 143: Intro Stats for the Social Sci
SOC 380: Social Research Methods
SOC 390: Internship in Sociology
SOC 395: Independent Study in Sociology
UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty

Publications and Presentations


Qualitative Designs and Data Collection
Pajo, J. (2022). In Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-On Approach. Second Edition. Sage.


Directions of Interfaith Discourse after Oct 7
Pajo, J. (2024). American Ethnological Society / Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Spring Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.