I often write academic pieces and reviews, access to which can be found through the following journals:
- “‘Neither East Nor West,’ Neither Liberal Nor Illiberal? Iranian Islamist Internationalism in the 1980s,” Journal of World History (forthcoming)
- “From Land Reform to Veterinarians Without Borders in Cold War Afghanistan,” Comparativ 27:2 (2017)
- “The Violence Curtain: Occupied Afghan Turkestan and the Making of a Central Asian Borderscape,” Transcultural Studies 1 (2017).
- “An Empire Reframed: Sovinformbiuro, Postwar Soviet Photography and Visual Orders in Soviet Central Asia,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 17:3 (Summer 2016).
- “Ecologies of Socialism: Soviet Gradostroitel’stvo and Late Soviet Socialism,” Journal of Eurasian Studies 3:2 (July 2012)
- “Getting Re-Acquainted with the ‘Muslims of the USSR’: Staging Soviet Islam in the Muslim World, 1978-1982,” Ab Imperio 4 (2011)
- “Under a Red Veil: Staging Afghan Emancipation in Moscow,” The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 38:1 (2011)
- “Soviet Nationalities Policy, USSR in Construction, and Soviet Documentary Photography in Comparative Context, 1931-1937,” Ab Imperio 2 (2010)
Chapters in Edited Volumes
- “Persian Visions of Nationalism and Internationalism in a World At War,” in Beyond Versailles: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and the Formation of New Polities After the Great War (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2019)
- “The Soviet Elphinstone: Colonial Pasts, Post-Colonial Presents, and Socialist Futures in the Soviet Reception of British Orientalism,” in Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia: Pioneer of British Colonial Rule, ed. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (London: Hurst, 2018)
- “Graveyard of Development? Afghanistan’s Cold War Encounters with International Development and Humanitarianism,” in The Development Century: A Global History, eds. Erez Manela and Stephen Macekura (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
- Review of Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan, ed. Aaron B. O’Connell, Orbis 62:4 (Fall 2018)
- “The Postcolonial Cold War,” Foreign Affairs (Review of Gregg Brazinsky, Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry During the Cold War) (October 10, 2017)
- Review of Sergey Radchenko, Unwanted Visionaries: The Soviet Failure in Asia at the End of the Cold War, The English Historical Review (December 2016)
- “Why Pakhtun Lands Have Been So Volatile for Two Centuries,” The Herald (Review of Elisabeth Leake, The Defiant Border and Martin Bayly, Taming the Imperial Imagination) (September 29, 2016)
- Review of Humanity: An International Journal of Humanitarianism, Development, and Human Rights 6:1 Special Issue on the New International Economic Order, H-Diplo Article Roundtable (July 2016).
- Review of Timothy D. Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, Yale Alumni Magazine (January/February 2016).
- Review of S. Frederick Starr, Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, Central Asian Survey 33:4 (October 2014): 577-578.
- Review of Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia, ed. S. Frederick Starr, Europe-Asia Studies 65:6 (2013): 1231-1232.
- Review Essay of Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea, Humanity (October-November 2012)
- Introduction (October 2012)
- “From the Concert of Europe to the UN” (October 2012)
- “The UN and the Third World Project” (October 2012)
- “Human Rights and Democracy Promotion” (October 2012)
- “Mazower Contra Slaughter” (October 2012)
- Conclusion (November 2012)
- Response by Mark Mazower (December 5, 2012)
- Review of Michael Latham, The Right Kind of Revolution: Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present, history.transnational (October 2012).
- Review of The Global 1989, eds. Chris Armbruster, Michael Cox, and George Lawson, Europe-Asia Studies (January 2012): 1155-56.
- Review of Paul Stronski, Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, Slovo 23:1 (Autumn 2010).
- Review of Christopher Ward, Brezhnev’s Folly, Acta Slavica Iaponica, 2011
- Review of Rebecca Manley, To The Tashkent Station, Ab Imperio, November 2010
- Review of City Culture and Planning in Tbilisi: Where Europe and Asia Meet, eds. Kristof van Assche, Joseph Salukvadze, and Nick Shavishvili, Europe-Asia Studies, November 2010
Contributions to Policy Volumes
- “Deutschlands Verantwortung zwischen Russland und dem Iran,” Deutschland und die Welt 2030 (Berlin: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, 2018), 168-169.
Along the way, I’ve written a number of other pieces, not all of which are fit for publication in scholarly journals – dissertations submitted for academic requirements, seminar papers, and so on. My book, Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan, drew from my Oxford D.Phil. dissertation, but expanded on it considerably with new Soviet archival material, interviews, and the incorporation of materials from the archives of non-governmental organizations and the United Nations. If you find the dissertation compelling, please consider purchasing the book or requesting your local public or university library to do so.
- “Developing Powers: Modernization, Economic Development, and Governance in Cold War Afghanistan” (D.Phil. Dissertation, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 2013).
- “From the Finland Station to the Khyber Pass: The Soviet Union in Afghanistan, 1979-1989” (M.Phil. Dissertation, Programme in Economic and Social History, University of Oxford, 2011)
- “Leopold Schwarzschild, Das Neue Tagebuch, and Anti-Totalitarianism in Interwar Europe, 1933-1945.” (A.B. Thesis, Department of German, Princeton University, 2008)