Erica Ann Metheney

Erica Ann Metheney, Statistician 

Erica is GLD’s statistician and head of the data team. She holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University, and her professional interests include survey design and analysis, applications of complexity science and computational social science to local governance problems, and statistical consulting and education.
Erica has overseen the implementation of multiple large-scale surveys of varying formats in countries across the MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. She was also the PI of the Swedish Research Links program, which provided junior scholars from Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi the opportunity to expand their professional networks through new collaborations with senior scholars.
She is also the organizer of GLD’s education stream Learn with GLD, which aims to produce ready-to-use educational materials for teachers, researchers, and the general public, and is the co-PI for the project Survive, Thrive, and Deprive?: Drivers and Outcomes of Resilience During the Covid-19 Pandemic in Malawi. Most recently, Erica has been exploring a new line of research that focuses on analyzing local governance as a complex system.