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Pilapa Esara Carroll

Pilapa Esara Carroll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 
(585) 395-5345
Office:  C-13A Cooper Hall

Office Hours

WF 1:15 - 2:15 pm & 3:30 - 4:30 pm


  • Ph.D., Brown University

Courses Taught

  • ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 220 Ethnographic Experience
  • ANT 305 Sex, Gender & Power
  • ANT 315 The Migration Experience: a cultural perspective
  • ANT 321 Culture Change and Globalization
  • ANT 368 Forced from Home: Refugees, IDPs & Asylees
  • ANT 383 Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 416/516 Exiled to America: Refugee Resettlement Experiences
  • ANT 470 Anthropology as a Profession
  • ANT 471 Anthropology Theory

Areas of Specialization

Issues of displacement and refugee resettlement; ethnographic documentary production; gender inequality and social difference; social practices of marriage and intimacy; processes of migration and identity negotiations; economic development and globalization; Asia and its diasporas

Current Research Projects

Persons of refugee-status arrive in the U.S. to start their lives anew as survivors of violence and persecution. New York State is ranked third in the nation as a destination for newly-arrived refugees. The majority of these arrivals settle in western New York (95% in 2013, according to BRIA) and 15% of them call Monroe County "home". How do refugees start over in the U.S.? What are their adaptation needs and challenges? With generous funding from the Reed Foundation and partnerships with local non-profits, the Supporting Adult Refugee Students study is a community-based project that seeks to answer this question by focusing on language-educational needs and experiences.

In the past, my research has focused on social change and economic development in Thailand. My ethnographic documentary entitled, "Day In, Day Out: Selling Food in Bangkok" offers a window into Thailand's urban foodscape. Life for the average laborer in Bangkok can be difficult. Many rent single rooms without kitchen facilities. To meet their everyday nutritional and material needs, working class residents turn to the street, to local food vendors and sidewalk merchants. The documentary explores the mundane complexities and challenges of being a small-time Bangkok entrepreneur based in an urban slum. I have also studied social change in Thailand through the lens of intimate relationships and changing notions of marriage and family.

Last Updated 10/27/20

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