Originally published in Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Faculty Book Talk with Jennifer Murtazashvili

The Hillman Library will host a book talk with GSPIA Associate Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili at 4:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 18 in the Thornburgh Room. During the talk, Dr. Murtazashvili will discuss her recent book Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her book is based on analysis of hundreds of interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in more than 30 villages across six provinces of rural Afghanistan. The book examines the role traditional authority has played in efforts to build state and security in Afghanistan.

Professor Murtazashvili employs a wide range of tools—including field experiments, public opinion surveys, and ethnographic fieldwork--to explore important questions related to issues of governance and reconstruction in conflict-affected states. In addition to her academic endeavors, she has served as an advisor for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Department of Defense and several other international non-profit organizations.

Faculty Books Talks are sponsored by the Hillman library. The library invites you to join Pitt faculty authors from various disciplines as they share their research and discuss their recently published books. Q & A will follow. All talks are held from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Thornburgh Room on the 1st floor of Hillman Library. Refreshments are provided. This series is free and open to the public.


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