Erin McDonnell is Kellogg Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She is a theorist whose research engages Organizational, Political, Cultural, and Economic Sociology. Her work focuses on how social organization affects economic outcomes, from consumer groups to administrative capacity in African states. She recently published “Budgetary Units: A Weberian Approach to Consumption” in The American Journal of Sociology. This article rethinks organization within consumption, arguing that orienting research toward the analysis of budgetary units makes visible more general social patterns of consumption across diverse contexts. Other current work takes a sociological approach to examining the historical changes and group dynamics patterning notions of fairness in market pricing behaviors.
Her current work on state capacity and development in Africa observes that states have a high degree of internal variation in their administrative capacities and organizational cultures.
Governance; state administration; international comparative sociology; development; elite migration; classical social theory
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.
Schierling Receives President's Award
Jun 4, 2020
Sharon Schierling, the longtime managing director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 President’s Award by the University of Notre Dame in recognition of her role as the Institute’s “unsung hero.” Schierling was one of more than a dozen members of the Kellogg community recognized by Notre Dame this spring for faculty promotions, milestone anniversaries, and campus-wide awards.
Meeting in the Middle: Sociologists, Development Practitioners Share Ideas, Research at Annual Conference
Oct 30, 2019
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts were lead co-sponsors of the 8th Annual Sociology of Development Conference, held Oct. 17-19 at the University of Notre Dame.