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Susan McDonic

Assistant Professor Department of Sociology

Susan McDonic's research interests include contemporary religious movements, international development, Africa, Asia and globalization. Specifically she has studied one of the world’s largest development organizations: World Vision, a faith based organization. This multisited work spans Canada and Ghana, West Africa and considers the connections and complications between them. Her book, Material Faith: Contending with Development, Belief, and Truth in World Vision International is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

Her current research expands upon her interests in development and religion and explores the complications of engaged Buddhism.  She is particularly interested in the ways in which Buddhist philosophy might frame new paradigms of development intervention.  Her interests take her to Northern India to work with, and advocate for, the Tibetan diaspora.


PhD, Duke University

CAS - Sociology
Battelle Tompkins - T-12
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  • Spring 2016

    • UCOL-200 University College Research Lab: Human Rights and Refugees
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