When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2017)

Political Theory and Architecture (London: Bloomsbury, 2020) (edited with Duncan Bell)


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

“Political Theory in an Ethnographic Key,” American Political Science Review, 2019, 113:4, 1066-1070. (With Matthew Longo)

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

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

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

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

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“What’s in a Balcony? The In-Between as Public Good,” in Political Theory and Architecture, eds. Duncan Bell and Bernardo Zacka (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), p. 81-102.

“Introduction,” in Political Theory and Architecture, eds. Duncan Bell and Bernardo Zacka (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), p. 1-17. (With Duncan Bell)

“What is Public Space For? Political Imaginaries and Policy Implications,” in The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy, eds. Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama (New York: Routledge, 2019), p. 143-155.

“Street-Level Bureaucracy and Democratic Theory,” in Research Handbook on Street-Level Bureaucracy, ed. Peter Hupe (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019), p. 448-461.

Book Reviews and encyclopedia entries

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

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

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

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

Other publications

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

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

“Are Bureaucracies a Public Good?” Boston Review, 2017, Forum 3, p. 69-80.

“Why Bureaucrats Don’t Seem to Care,” The Atlantic, October 12, 2017.

Working manuscripts (available upon request)

“Institutional Atmospherics: The Interior Architecture of the Welfare State,” prospectus for book under contract with Harvard University Press.

“The Politics of Sight: Re-visiting Timothy Pachirat’s Every Twelve Seconds,” revise and resubmit, American Political Science Review. (With Jasmine English)

“Towards a Political Theory of Public Administration,” in preparation for the Annual Review of Political Science.