Stephanie Trapnell

Stephanie Trapnell

Stephanie Trapnell

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

Stephanie Trapnell's research involves an examination of the relationship between open government, development, and democratization, drawing on data collected from Mexico, Tunisia, Turkey, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. She has been a consultant for various global organizations for the past 15 years, specializing in open government and anticorruption issues, with substantial experience in the design of metrics, country programming, and evaluation and research. She was awarded a PhD in sociology from George Mason University in 2021. 

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