Emily Chamlee-Wright

Emily Chamlee-Wright

  • Mercatus Center Senior Research Scholar
  • Provost and Dean at Washington College
  • Board Member

Emily Chamlee-Wright is a senior research scholar and Board Member at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She is Provost and Dean at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Prior to joining Washington College, she was Elbert Neese Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Her primary research interests include development economics and cultural economics. She writes and teaches about indigenous markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Chamlee-Wright is the lead researcher for Phase I of the Mercatus Center Gulf Coast Recovery Project and the socio-cultural category of research.

Dr. Chamlee-Wright's first book, The Cultural Foundations of Economic Development (Routledge 1997) was based on ethnographic research she conducted in the urban markets of Ghana. In 2000, Dr. Chamlee-Wright published her second book, Culture and Enterprise, co-authored with Don Lavoie (Routledge 2000), which attempts to reconcile two distinct disciplinary fields: the study of culture and the study of markets. She is currently working on a book titled The Learning Society (University of Michigan Press), exploring the intersection between markets and social capital.

Dr. Chamlee-Wright's more recent ethnographic work is a study of urban market women in Zimbabwe, documenting their strategies for economic survival and accumulation. In general, Chamlee-Wright is interested in the ways in which cultural and market processes affect one another.

Dr. Chamlee-Wright was a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Published Research

Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Oct 2011
This article examines the relationship between social capital and lobbying in New Orleans’s post-Katrina recovery.
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Dec 2010
This article explores the role of social entrepreneurship in post-Katrina community recovery.
Virgil Storr, Emily Chamlee-Wright | Dec 2009
This paper examines the role of the social entrepreneur in post-Katrina recovery and presents implications for…
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Dec 2009
This study contributes to the literature on the strength of place attachment, identity and dependence in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. It also engages the literature concerning the role of…

Working Papers

Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Jan 2011
This article examines the relationship between social capital and rent seeking in the post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans.
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Oct 2008
This paper investigates the “sense of place” that residents in Ninth Ward New Orleans neighborhoods identify in their narratives about their pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina…
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Aug 2008
This paper provides an account of the political economy critique residents and other stakeholders in New Orleans' Ninth Ward communities hold of the post-Katrina policy environment.
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Aug 2008
This paper provides an account of the political economy critique that residents and other stakeholders in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward communities hold of the post-Katrina policy…

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Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Nov 30, 2010
This volume lends critical insight into the nature of the social coordination problems disasters present, the potential for public policy to play a positive role, and the inherent limitations policymakers face in overcoming the myriad challenges that are a product of catastrophic disaster.

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