Interested in American political development and the challenges of public administration, Murtazashvili focuses his research on the relationship governance and legal titling in the developing world. Using the American frontier as an example, he investigates current challenges developing countries face, and how they can improve their prospects for economic development and political stability.


Teaching and Research Areas

Murtazashvili’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Political economy
  • Institutional design
  • Land governance
  • Natural resource governance and management
  • Public policy
  • Public administration


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • The Political Economy of Fracking (with E. Piano). Routledge, 2018.
  • “Institutions, Ideology, and the Shale Boom,” Journal of Institutional Economics, 2017.
  • Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic and Liberal Education of Non-military Students (with D. Downs). Cambridge University Press, 2012. 


Awards and Honors

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


Consultancies and Public Service

  • Hayek Program Scholar, George Mason University, 2017-present.


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