Senior Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar in Environmental Anthropology and Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology
B.A., SUNY Binghamton; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University.
Ms. Carpenter’s teaching and research interests focus on the history and theory of environmental anthropology, the social science of conservation and sustainable development, applications of economic anthropology to agriculture and environmental issues, and gender in agrarian and ecological systems. She spent four years in Indonesia engaged in household and community-level research on rituals (including the ethnobotany of rituals) and social networks. She then spent four years in Pakistan working as a development consultant on social forestry and women in development 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 Yale since 1998. She recently published Power in Conservation: Environmental Anthropology Beyond Political Ecology (Routledge, 2020). She is co-editor of Environmental Anthropology: An Historical Reader with Michael Dove (Blackwell, 2007).