Drawing from diverse research methods including field experiments, public opinion surveys, and ethnographic fieldwork, Murtazashvili focuses her work on Central and South Asia, and the former Soviet Union. She also has experience advising for the U.S. Department of Defense, the United Nations Development Program, and UNICEF.


Teaching and Research Areas

Murtazashvili’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Formal and informal political institutions
  • Political economy of development
  • Decentralization and local governance
  • Post-conflict reconstruction


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Land, the State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan (with Ilia Murtazashvili). Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice and Society series. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2021.
  • Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • “Coercive Capacity, Land Reform and Political Order in Afghanistan," with Ilia Murtazashvili. Central Asian Survey 36, no. 2 (2017): 212–30.


Awards and Honors

  • United States Agency for International Development, Superior Unit Citation for “designing and implementing post-September 11 conflict mitigation programs vital to the stability of Central Asia and critical to the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives,” 2002.
  • Honorable Mention, International Studies Association—Global Development Section Book Prize (for Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan), 2018.
  • Book Award (Social Sciences), Central Eurasian Studies Society (for Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan), 2018.



Consultancies and Public Service

  • Nonresident fellow, the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council 
  • Elected executive board member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society
  • Elected executive board member of the Section for International & Comparative Administration (SICA) of the American Society for Public Administration