Carolyn Lesorogol researches international social development to understand how dynamic social change processes affect the well-being of families and communities. Using ethnography and mixed methods, she investigates the transition from communal to private land among Samburu pastoralists in Kenya, and its long term effects on land-use, cooperation, social norms and livelihoods.
Her recent work combines household-level data and agent-based and simulation computer modeling to examine how household land-use decisions affect ecological and well-being indicators. Lesorogol also designs and implements capacity building community programs
including work with a community association in Kenya introducing a highly productive breed of dairy goats to improve household nutrition and income.
Lesorogol is currently a member of the executive board of the American Anthropological Association and on the editorial board of Research in Economic Anthropology.
As an associate dean, Lesorogol leads the Brown School’s efforts to engage students, faculty and staff in issues of global significance. Global Programs supports international practica, international field-based courses, research and global programming at the school. She teaches master’s classes in international social development theory and practice and the doctoral course in qualitative research, and she coordinates the International Social and Economic Development concentration in the Master of Social Work program.