Erin McDonnell

Erin McDonnell

Kellogg Associate Professor
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Erin Metz McDonnell is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Her research cuts across Organizational, Political, Cultural, and Economic Sociology. Her work focuses on the reciprocal relationship between culture and social organization, from consumer groups to state administrative capacity. Her award-winning work has been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Comparative Political Studies. Her book project Patchwork Leviathan analyzes the emergence and functioning of niches of organizational excellence within otherwise-weak state administrations, combining qualitative research on four niches within the contemporary Ghanaian state with comparative historical analyses of state organizations in China, Brazil, Kenya, and Nigeria.

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On the ground in Ghana, Notre Dame sociologist studies how developing nations build effective areas of government

Published: November 08, 2018





Research Interests: Development, Theory, Political Sociology, Organizational Sociology, and Public Administration

Subfields: Comparative / Historical Sociology, Social Movements / Political Sociology, Stratification and Inequality, Theory, Work, Economy and Organization