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Erin Metz McDonnellErin Metz McDonnell

Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology
(PhD, Northwestern University)
744 Flanner Hall
(574) 631-2578

Geographic focus: Africa, especially Ghana

Thematic interests: Governance, state administration, international comparative sociology, development, elite migration, and classical social theory


  • "Budgetary Units: A Weberian Approach to Consumption," American Journal of Sociology, 119, 2 (September 2013)

Current research:

  • Her book manuscript, "Subcultural Bureaucracy," examines niches of effective governance within conventionally weak states, arguing that the conditions that support emergent cultures of Weberian-style bureaucracy—in places like Ghana—are different from those associated with the hegemonic bureaucratic administration familiar in the West.

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