Carolyn Lesorogol, PhD

Human Development, Anthropological Research, Social Change

Carolyn Lesorogol has two decades of anthropological experience across East Africa. She first lived with the Samburu community of northern Kenya in 2000 to study their transition from communally owned land to individual ownership, investigating how that changed land use, social interactions and livelihoods.

Lesorogol is professor and associate dean for Global Strategy and Programs at the Brown School. Her background is in researching how social changes affect community wellbeing.

Her current project seeks to understand the functionality of community-based wildlife conservancies in Kenya and the impacts and benefits to their members as well as neighbors. Lesorogol has also led field-based teaching efforts in Tanzania and Uganda.






Goals & Impact

Understand changing land use and livelihoods of Samburu pastoralists.



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