Carse Headshot

Ashley Carse

Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Development

Ashley Carse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. Before coming to Vanderbilt, he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Anthropology at Whittier College. Carse’s teaching and research are interdisciplinary, bridging anthropology, development studies, geography, environmental history, and science and technology studies. He uses qualitative and historical methods to study environmental management, international development, global transportation networks, and the social dimensions of infrastructure. The Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Wenner-Gren Foundation have supported his research. In addition to long-term field research in Panama, he has worked in Ecuador and North Carolina. The MIT Press published his book, Beyond the Big Ditch: Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal, in 2014. You can find out more about his work at his website: