Research

Books

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

When does the emergence of a stationary bandit lead to property insecurity” (with Ilia Murtazashvili), Rationality and Society, forthcoming.

 Can community-based land adjudication and registration improve household land tenure security? Evidence from Afghanistan,” (with Ilia Murtazashvili), Land Use Policy  55 (2016), 230–239.

Does the Sequence of Land Reform and Political Reform Matter? Evidence from State-building in Afghanistan,” Conflict, Security, and Development 16, no. 2 (2016): 145-172.

The Origins of Private Property Rights: States or Customary Organizations?” (with Ilia Murtazashvili), Journal of Institutional Economics 12, no. 1 (2016): 105-128.

Establishing Local Government in Fragile States: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan.” (with Torsten Jochem and Ilia Murtazashvili), World Development 77 (2016): 293-310.

Social Identity and Voting in Afghanistan: Evidence from a Survey Experiment.” (with Torsten Jochem and Ilia Murtazashvili), Journal of Experimental Political Science 2, no. 1 (2015): 47–62.

Gaming the State: Consequences of Contracting out State Building in Afghanistan.” Central Asian Survey 34, no. 1 (2015): 78–92.

Bad Medicine: Diagnosing the Failure of State-Building Efforts in Afghanistan.” Central Asian Affairs 2, no. 1 (2015): 10–34.

Anarchy, Self-Governance, and Legal Titling.” (with Ilia Murtazashvili), Public Choice 162, no. 3–4 (2014): 287–305.

Informal Federalism: Self-Governance and Power Sharing in Afghanistan.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44, no. 2 (2014): 324–43.

Colored by Revolution: The Political Economy of Autocratic Stability in Uzbekistan.” Democratization 19, no. 1 (2012): 78–97

Armed with Practice: Learning to Engage with the Military.” The Forum 8, no. 3 (2010).

Non-Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Subnational Governance in Afghanistan Back to the Future.” In State Strengthening in Afghanistan: Lessons Learned, 2001-14, edited by Scott Smith and Colin Cookman, 53–68. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2016.

Afghanistan 2015: A Year of Fragmentation.” Asian Survey 56, no. 1 (2016), forthcoming.

Commentary: Afghanistan: A Vicious Cycle of State Failure,” Governance, 29, no. 2 (2016): 163-66.

“Winners and Losers from the Shale Gas Revolution in Central and South Asia,” Book Chapter.

Afghanistan in 2014: Year of Transition.” Asian Survey 55, no. 1 (2015): 21–32.

Community Documentation of Land Tenure and Its Contribution to State Building in Afghanistan.” (with J. David Stanfield, Mohammad Yasin Safar, and Akram Salam), In Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, eds. Jon Unruh and Rhodri Williams. 2013. New York: Routledge, 265–92.

“Rangeland Administration in (Post) Conflict Conditions: The Case of Afghanistan,” (with J. David Stanfield, Mohammad Yasin Safar), in Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration, and Governance, ed. Klaus Deininger et al. (Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 2010), 225-241.

Policy Publications

Women’s Leadership Roles in Afghanistan, (with Aarya Nijat), Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2015.

Evaluation Baseline Report: Tajikistan Local Governance Project Impact Evaluation. Washington, DC: United States Agency for International Development, 2013

Survey on Political Institutions, Elections, and Democracy in Afghanistan.. Washington, DC: Democracy International and United States Agency for International Development, 2012.

Tribalism,Governance, and Development, (co-editor and contributor with Lynn Carter and Phyllis Dininio), United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, 2010.

An Investigation into the Sustainability of Community Development Councils. Kabul: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, 2008.

Book reviews

“Iraqi Federalism and the Kurds: Learning to Live Together, by Alex Danilovich.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 45, no 1 (2014).

“Changing Poverty, Changing Policy,” by Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger, eds,. 2010. Comparative Policy Analysis.

Working Papers

Does Community-based Land Registration Improve Land Tenure Security: Evidence from Afghanistan? (with Ilia Murtazashvili) (revise and resubmit)

Coercive Capacity, Property Rights, and Political Order in Afghanistan (under review)

Perceptions of Political Parties in Fragile States: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Afghanistan (with Torsten Jochem and Ilia Murtazashvili)

Electoral System Choice, Representation, and Accountability: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan (with Torsten Jochem and Ilia Murtazashvili) (under review)

Property Rights and State Consolidation in Afghanistan (under review)

Government in a Box? Explaining the Failure to Build Subnational Administration in Afghanistan

Women’s Leadership in Afghanistan (with Aarya Nijat)

 Property Rights and Political Violence (with Ilia Murtazashvili)

Data Generation and Aid-Induced Bias in Conflict Affected States

Built to Fail: Institutional Design in Post-2001 Afghanistan