My research examines the role of knowledge in policy and politics. My current project focuses on understanding how epistemic and bureaucratic cultures shape the production of policy evidence and the meaning and practice of contemporary democracy and accountability reforms in Mexico. This empirical research has inspired a second strand of scholarship focused on ethnographic theory, method, and the sociology of sociology.


Graizbord, Diana and J. McPike. “Features and form: Appropriating digital storytelling for public ethnography” Online in Ethnography.

Bohrt, Marcelo. D. Graizbord, P. Heller. 2020. “Toward a Spatial Measure of Twenty-First-Century Developmental State Capacity”. Sociology of Development 6(2):250-274.

Graizbord, Diana. 2020. “U.S.-Mexico Relations in the Trump Era and Beyond” in The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas: The Trump Administration and Beyond, edited­­ by Timothy Gill. New York:Routledge.

Graizbord, Diana. 2019. “Toward an organic policy sociology”. Sociology Compass 13(1):1-14.

McPike, Jamie, D. Graizbord, A. LeBer. 2019. “The Ethno-Graphic Sensibility”. in AGENCY Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings. Issue 1:19-21.

Vithayathil, Trina, D. Graizbord, C. de Leon. 2019. “The Retreat to Method: The Aftermath of Elite Concession to Civil Society in India and Mexico“. Studies in Comparative and International Development 54:19-39.

Graizbord, Diana, M. Rodríguez-Muñiz, G. Baiocchi. 2017. “Expert for a day: Theory and the tailored craft of ethnography“. Ethnography 18(3):322-344.

Baiocchi, Gianpaolo, D. Graizbord, M. Rodríguez-Muñiz. 2013. “Actor-Network Theory and the Ethnographic Imagination: An exercise in translation“. Qualitative Sociology 36(4):323-341.  [Special Issue: Reassembling Ethnography: Actor-Network Theory and Sociology]

Work in Progress:

Graizbord, Diana. Indications of Democracy: Expertise and the Politics of Accountability [Book Manuscript].

Graizbord, Diana and Jamie McPike. Ethnography Decoded. [Book Manuscript]

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