Pachirat, Timothy

Timothy Pachirat
Ph.D. with distinction, Yale University, 2008
Assistant Professor of Politics

My research and teaching interests include comparative politics, the politics of Southeast Asia, spatial and visual politics, power and the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods.
Courses Taught:
My statement of teaching philosophy is available at
Recent Publications:

Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011).
[Korean language translation under contract (Vision B&P Co., 2012)]
Under Contract:
Ethnography and Interpretation (Routledge Press, 2013).
Book Chapters:
“The Political in Political Ethnography: Dispatches From the Kill Floor,” in Edward Schatz, ed., Political
Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power (University of Chicago Press, 2009), 143-162. This
book received the 2010 Giovanni Sartori Book Award from the American Political Science Association's
Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section.
“We Call It a Grain of Sand: The Interpretive Orientation and a Human Social Science,” in Dvora
Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, eds., Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the
Interpretive Turn (M E Sharpe, 2006), 373-378.
“Shouts and Murmurs: The Ethnographer's Potion,” in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (Fall 2009), 41-44.

Office Location:

New School for Social Research
Department of Politics
6 E 16th Street, 7th Floor, Room 715

Lang College

Office Hours:
By appointment.
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5747 x 3382


Research Interests:
My book *Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight* (Yale 2011).
draws on an ethnography of immigrant labor on the kill floor of an industrialized cattle slaughterhouse located in the Great Plains of the United States to explore how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced.  I am also in the nascent stages of a research project on social movements, protest politics, and political identities in Thailand.
Awards and Honors:

- The American Political Science Association Labor Project Best Paper Award for, "A Geography of Violence: Dividing Labor and Space on the Kill Floor of an Industrialized Slaughterhouse," presented at the 2007 APSA meeting in Chicago, IL (awarded in 2008)

- University Distinction on the Dissertation, Yale University, 2008
- American Political Science Association Sage Prize for Best Paper
Developing or Applying Qualitative Methods for, "Ethnography from Below?
Reflections from an Industrialized Slaughterhouse on Perspective, Power, and
the Ethnographic Voice," presented at the 2006 APSA meeting in Philadelphia,
PA (awarded in 2007)
- Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2005
- Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale Research Grant, 2004
- Pew Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study, 2000-2004
- Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies Research Grant, 2000

CV (pdf):
Pachirat CV

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