Erin Metz McDonnell
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)
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.