Stephanie Trapnell

Stephanie Trapnell

Stephanie Trapnell

Sociology: sociology of development, political sociology, global and transnational sociology, gender and feminist studies

Stephanie Trapnell is a practitioner-scholar working at the intersection of democracy and international development, with a specific focus on democratization, transnational movements, and quantification/knowledge production. In addition to her academic work, she has published a range of articles and reports on anticorruption and transparency for organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, and Transparency International.

She was awarded a PhD in sociology from George Mason University in 2021. Her dissertation involved a critique of the economic discourse that defuses (and subsumes) resistance to the development paradigm, and included both a field analysis of global open government initiatives, as well as an exploration of how discourse depoliticizes gender mainstreaming and renders it ineffective as a transformational intervention. 

Academic CV

Selected Publications

Trapnell, Stephanie, and Francesca Recanatini. 2017. “Evidence, Corruption, and Reform: The Importance of Context-Sensitivity.” Crime, Law and Social Change 68(4):477-491.

Lemieux, Victoria L., Stephanie Trapnell, Jesse Worker, and Carole Excell. 2015. “Transparency and Open Government: Reporting on the Disclosure of Information.” JeDEM - eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government 7(2):75–93.

Trapnell, Stephanie. 2011. “Actionable Governance Indicators: Turning Measurement into Reform.” Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 3(02):317–48.

Courses Taught

SOCI 120: Introduction to Global Affairs


Ph.D. in Sociology, George Mason University

M.A. in International Relations and International Economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

A.B. in Linguistics, Bryn Mawr College