Jennifer B.


Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

Associate Professor
3619 Posvar Hall
Curriculum vitae


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • M.A., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
  • B.S.F.S, Georgetown University, 1997


Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is writing a book on the role of customary and village governance in the state-building process in Afghanistan for which she conducted interviews and focus groups in more than 30 Afghan villages across six provinces over the span of two years.  In the policy world, she has managed U.S. Government democracy assistance for the United States Agency of International Development in Uzbekistan and drafted legislative materials for the new Afghan Parliament as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program in Kabul.  She has lived for more than seven years in various parts of Central Eurasia, primarily in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Jennifer was a research fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School and served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan.  She has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.

Teaching and Research Areas

Formal and Informal Political Institutions, Political Economy of Development, Decentralization and Local Governance, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Field Methods, Central and South Asian Politics, Former Soviet Politics

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • “Armed with Practice: Learning to Engage with the Military.” 2010. The Forum. Volume 8, Number 3.
  • “Land Tenure Reform in Afghanistan,” with J. David Stanfield, M. Y. Safar, and Akram Salam in Strengthening Post-Conflict Peacebuilding through Natural Resource Management, Volume 2, Environmental Law Initiative, forthcoming.
  • “Soviet Union in Central Asia,” in Volume 4: Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia; Part 3, 1900 to Present: Soviet Union in Central Asia, forthcoming.
  • Co-editor and Contributor, “Tribalism, Governance, and Development,” United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • “Rangeland Administration in (Post) Conflict Conditions: The Case of Afghanistan,” in Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration, and Governance, ed. Klaus Deininger et al. (Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 2010), 225-241.  With J. David Stanfield, Muhammad Yasin Safar, and Akram Salam.
  • “Community Governance and State Building in Rural Afghanistan,” 2009. Central Eurasian Studies Review, 7 (2): 12-16.
  • “An Investigation into the Sustainability of Community Development Councils,” April 2008.  Final Report, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • “Report from Samarkand:  Uzbekistan through the Eyes of Its Youth,” 1999. Central Asia Monitor,  No. 3: 20–24.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

Academic/Professional Employment

  • Senior Research Officer, Political Economy and Governance, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2007–08
  • Democracy Specialist, United States Agency for International Development, Central Asia Regional Mission, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1999–2002.
  • Secondary School Instructor, United States Peace Corps, Samarqand, Uzbekistan, 1997-99


American Institute for Afghanistan Studies, Top Prize, Annual Paper Competition, 2008.
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.


  • Bradley Foundation, Dissertation Fellowship, Spring 2008, Fall 2008
  • University of Wisconsin School of Law - Institute for Legal Studies Graduate Fellow, 2005–2007
  • Vilas Travel Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006–2007, 2008-0
  • International Research and Exchange Program, International Advanced Research Opportunity Grant, 2006–2007 (declined)
  • National Security Education Program, Boren Graduate Fellowship, 2006–2007 (declined)
  • Bradley Foundation Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2005
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship - Persian Language Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003–2004 (declined 2004–2005)
  • American Institute of Iranian Studies Summer Language Studies, Dekhoda Institute - Tehran, Iran, 2003 (declined, visa denied)


M.A. Coursework

  • Public Management in Global Perspective (Administration of Public Affairs)
  • Global Governance
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • Political Islam

M.A. Coursework

  • PhD. Level
  • Qualitative Field Methods and Design
  • Institutions and Development

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

Faculty Affiliate

  • Center for Global Studies
  • Center for Russian and East European Studies (Member, Faculty Advisory Board)
  • Center for Asian Studies

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • American Institute for Afghanistan Studies


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