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Shrines and Sovereigns: Life, Death, and Religion in Azerbaijan, Comparative Studies in Society and History 53, no. 3 (2011): 654-681.
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[Editor] The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics [with Adele Barker]. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
*Honorable Mention for the Harvard Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies
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The Good Russian Prisoner: Naturalizing Violence in the Caucasus Mountains. Cultural Anthropology 20, no. 1 (2005): 39-67.
"An Average Azeri Village" (1930). Slavic Review 63, no. 4 (2004): 705-731.
New Moscow Monuments, or, States of Innocence. American Ethnologist 28, no. 2 (2001): 332-362.
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[Editor] Neotraditionalism in the Russian North: Indigenous Peoples and the Legacy of Perestroika, by Aleksandr Pika. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.
"The Return of the Repressed: Conversations with Three Russian Entrepreneurs," in Paranoia within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation, edited by George Marcus, 241-267. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
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