Dr Meredith McLaughlin


College position:

Junior Research Fellow and THIS Institute Fellow

Meredith McLaughlin
Meredith McLaughlin

Meredith McLaughlin is a social anthropologist with a joint fellowship between Homerton College and THIS Institute. She received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Yale University, and holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a BA in International Studies from Trinity College, CT. She has held graduate teaching positions at Yale University and University College London.

Meredith’s research explores ethics and affect in contemporary governance through an ethnographic lens. Through the study of institutions and citizen-state encounters, her work considers the aspirations, political values, and moral dilemmas of bureaucratic governance. Meredith’s doctoral research focused on the “social worlds” of claims-making in rural North India and explored how ethical and political subjectivities are forged through the pursuit of material needs and wants. Her current research continues to examine how citizens and state representatives negotiate the provision of welfare and imagine social policy.

Research Interests

Ethics & morality, political values and affects, religious practice, claims-making, local governance, bureaucracy and administration, welfare and development.