Perspectives on Politics

Review Essay

Popular Development Economics—An Anthropologist among the Mandarins

Mike McGoverna1

a1 Yale University

In 1997, I found myself newly arrived at Oxford University. I was taking a detour from my path to do research in West Africa thanks to a fellowship that funded a year of ancillary training before my fieldwork. Though studying anthropology, I was at St. Antony's College, where Paul Collier's Center for the Study of African Economies is located, and was in the same entering cohort as Collier's now-famous student Dambisa Moyo (assuming I would not be able to remember her first name, she offered, “it sounds kind of like ‘pizza’”).

(Online publication June 03 2011)

Mike McGovern is assistant professor of anthropology at Yale University.