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Assistant Professor, Emerson College

Carol Ferrara, PhD is assistant professor in the Marketing Communications Department at Emerson College. Combining her diverse academic and professional experiences in anthropology, diversity, pluralism, religion, education, and business, she especially focusing on the ways that the social sciences can be leveraged to help make marketing and business better, smarter, and more socially and environmentally responsible. Her previous research and publications have focused on Muslims and Catholics in France, secularism and religion in the West, education (especially religious education and private Muslim education in France in particular), and citizenship.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Carol was awarded the Fulbright-EHESS Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue new ethnographic research on independent private schooling in France. Carol holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Boston University, a dual MA in Middle East & Islamic Studies and International Affairs from the American University in Paris, and a BS in International Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a co-Chair of the American Academy of Religion’s “Religion in Europe” Program Unit, and is on the Research Editorial Board of the journal EuropeNow.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, Emerson College


  • 2019 
    Boston University, Sociocultural Anthropology