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.


Bohrt, Marcelo. D. Graizbord, P. Heller. “Toward a Spatial Measure of 21st Century Developmental State Capacity”. Forthcoming in Sociology of Development.

Graizbord, Diana. 2019. “Toward an Organic Policy Sociology”. Sociology Compass 13(1):1-14.

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

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 and Under Review (drafts available upon request):

Graizbord, Diana. “From Accommodation to Evaluation: The Making of Mexico’s Social Policy Accountability Regime”

Graizbord, Diana, J. McPike. “Features and Form: Digital Affordances for Ethnographic Storytelling”

Graizbord, Diana, L. de Sousa Leão. “A Taste for Change: Evaluation Culture, Expertise and the Struggle to Reform the Mexican State”

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

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