Ilia Murtazashvili

Associate Professor
3806 Posvar Hall
Curriculum vitae
Faculty Website


  • Ph.D and M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin
  • M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin
  • B.A. Economics, Political Science, and International Affairs, Marquette University 


Ilia Murtazashvili specializes in political economy, institutional design, land governance, public policy, and public administration. Substantively, he is interested in emergence and change in property rights institutions, American political development, challenges of public administration in weakly institutionalized contexts, and the relationship between property rights and security in fragile states. He has written on emergence and change in property rights on the American frontier, self-governance of land relations in a diversity of contexts both in the US and the developing world, the relationship between land and state-building in Afghanistan, and on the governance of hydraulic fracturing. His current research focuses on the relationship between governance and legal titling in the developing world, the implications of economic studies of anarchy for public policy, the link between institutions and the shale boom in the US, and on lessons of the American frontier for current challenges confronting developing countries seeking to improve prospects for economic development and political stability. 

Teaching and Research Areas

Political economy, institutions, land governance, natural resources governance and management, public policy, public administration

Select Publications and Funded Research


  • The Political Economy of Fracking(with E. Piano). Under contract, Routledge. Economics in the Real World Series. 
  • Boom or Bust? Governance and Economic Impacts of Fracking(co-editor with S. Deitrick). Under contract, Cornell University Press.
  • Land, the State, and War: Property Rights and Political Order in Afghanistan (with J. Murtazashvili).  Revisions requested, Cambridge University Press
  • The Political Economy of the American Frontier.
    Cambridge University Press, 2013 (Paperback, 2016). Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series.
  • Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic and Liberal Education of Non-military Students (with D. Downs).
    Cambridge University Press, 2012. 

Refereed Journal Articles

“Institutions, Ideology, and the Shale Boom,” Journal of Institutional Economics(2017).

"Coercive capacity, land reform, and political order in Afghanistan," forthcoming, Central Asian Survey. 

“Does Community-based Land Registration and Adjudication Improve Household Land Tenure Security? Evidence from Afghanistan,” (with J. Murtazashvili) Land Use Policy, 2016.

“When Do Stationary Bandits Improve Property Security?” (with J. Murtazashvili) Rationality and Society, 2016. 

“Does the Sequence of Land Reform and Political Reform Matter ? Evidence from Afghanistan,” (with J. Murtazashvili) Conflict, Security, and Development 16, 1 (2016)

“The Origins of Private Property Rights: States or Customary Organizations? (with J. Murtazashvili) Journal of Institutional Economics March 2016, 105–28. 

“Establishing Local Government in Fragile States: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan,” (with T. Jochem and J. Murtazashvili) World Development 77 (January 2016): 293–310.

“Social Identity and Voting in Afghanistan: Evidence from a Survey Experiment,” 
(with T. Jochem and J. Murtazashvili) Journal of Experimental Political Science 2, 1 (Spring 2015): 47–62.

“Governance of Hydraulic Fracturing in Africa,” (with C. Corrigan) Governance in Africa 2, 1 (2015).

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

Book Chapters

  • “Fracking in Africa,” (with C. Corrigan) In Wang and Hefley (Eds), The Global Impact of Unconventional Shale Gas Development (Springer, 2016)
  • “Origins and Consequences of State-Level Variation in Shale Regulation: The Cases of Pennsylvania and New York,”  In Wang and Hefley (Eds), Economics of Unconventional Shale Gas Development (Springer, 2015)

Consultancies, Public Service and Awards/ Honors

  • GSPIA Teacher of the Year, 2011-12 and 2012-13


  • Seminar in Energy Politics and Policy: Marcellus Shale
  • Environmental Economics: Managing Natural Resources
  • Political Economy of Property Rights, Resources, and Development
  • Political Economy of Government Regulation
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Advanced Seminar in Policy Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Economics for Public Affairs
  • Macroeconomics: Policy, Institutions, and Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods 1
  • Doctoral seminar in public administration
  • Natural resources and governance
  • Program evaluation

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

    • Affiliated Faculty, Global Studies
    • Affiliated Faculty, Russian and Eastern European Studies
    • Steering Committee, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security
    • Member, GSPIA Governance Group
    • Co-organizer, Ford Institute for Human Security Working Group on Post-Conflict Property Rights

    Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
    3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260