When the State Meets the Street. 2017. Harvard University Press. [Link]

Political Theory and Architecture. 2020. Bloomsbury. (co-edited with Duncan Bell) [Link]


“Political Theory with an Ethnographic Sensibility”. Critical Exchange in Contemporary Political Theory. 2020. (editor; with contributions by Brooke Ackerly, Jakob Elster, Signy Gutnick Allen, Humeira Iqtidar, Matthew Longo and Paul Sagar) [Link]

“Political Theory in an Ethnographic Key.” American Political Science Review, 113 (4): 1066-1070. (with Matthew Longo) [Link]

Fieldwork in Political Theory: Five Arguments for an Ethnographic Sensibility.” 2019. British Journal of Political Science, 49 (2): 763-784. (With Lisa Herzog) [Link]

“Adhocracy, Security, and Responsibility: Revisiting Abu Ghraib a Decade Later.” 2016. Contemporary Political Theory, 15 (1): 38-57. [Link]

“Travel as Ethos: Spatial Exercises in the Work of Tony Chakar.” 2013. Grey Room, 50: 46-65. [Link]

“Abu Ghraib, the Security Apparatus, and the Performativity of Power.” 2010. American Ethnologist, 37 (2): 203-2011. (With Steven Caton) [Link]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“What’s in a Balcony? The In-Between as Public Good.” 2020. In Political Theory and Architecture, Duncan Bell and Bernardo Zacka (eds.), Bloomsbury.

“Introduction.” 2020. In Political Theory and Architecture, Duncan Bell and Bernardo Zacka (eds.), Bloomsbury.

“What is Public Space For? Political Imaginaries and Policy Implications. 2019. In The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy, Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama (eds.), Routledge. 

“Street-Level Bureaucracy and Democratic Theory.” 2019. In Research Handbook on Street-Level Bureaucracy, Peter Hupe (ed.), Edward Elgar.

Book Reviews

Review of The Policy State: An American Predicament, by Karen Orren and Stephen Skowronek. 2018. Contemporary Political Theory, 18 (Supplement 1): 28-31. [Link]

Review of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, by Timothy Pachirat. 2014. Contemporary Political Theory, 13 (2): e1-e3. [Link]

“The Two Bodies of the Bureaucrat.” 2012. Review of The Bureaucrat and the Poor, by Vincent Dubois. Public Administration Review, 72 (2): 302-305. [Link]

Other Publications

“An Ode to the Humble Balcony.” May 9, 2020. The New York Times. [Link]

“Why Border Patrol Agents Obey Immoral Orders.” June 20, 2018. Vox. [Link

“Security.” 2018. In the International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Hilary Callan (ed.), Wiley.

“Are Bureaucracies a Public Good?” 2017. Boston Review, Forum 3: 69-80. [Link]

“Why Bureaucrats Don’t Seem to Care.” 2017. The Atlantic. [Link]