Publications and Papers







“Election Cycles and Electricity Provision: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment with Indian Special Elections” (with Thushyanthan Baskaran and Yogesh Uppal). Journal of Public Economics. 126:64–73. 2015.



“Tracking Electrification in Vietnam using Nighttime Lights” (with Kwawu Mensan Gaba). Remote Sensing 6(10):9511–9529. 2014.



“Electoral Cycles in Electricity Losses in India” (with Miriam Golden). Energy Policy 65:619–625. 2014.



“Detection of Rural Electrification in Africa using DMSP-OLS Night Lights Imagery” (with Kwawu Mensan Gaba, Ousmane Fall Sarr, Alassane Agalassou). International Journal of Remote Sensing 34(22):8118–8141. 2013.



“Distributive Politics Around the World” (with Miriam Golden). Annual Review of Political Science 16:73–99. 2013.

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“Why Do Ethnic Groups Rebel? New Data and Analysis” (with Lars-Erik Cederman and Andreas Wimmer). World Politics 62(1):87–119. 2010.

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“The Location and Purpose of Wars Around the World, 1816–2001” (with Andreas Wimmer). International Interactions 35(4):390–417. 2009.

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“Ethnic Politics and Armed Conflict: A Configurational Analysis” (with Andreas Wimmer and Lars-Erik Cederman). American Sociological Review 74(2):316–337. 2009.

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Translated into German as “Ethnische Politik und Bewaffnete Konflikte.” Politische Vierteljahresschrift Sonderheft. 43. 2009.

Reprinted as “Ethnic Diversity, Political Exclusion and Armed Conflict.” In Marc Weller and Katherine Nobbs (Eds.). Political Participation of Minorities. Oxford University Press. 2010.


“Baghdad Nights: Evaluating the US Military Surge Using Night Light Signatures” (with John Agnew, Thomas W. Gillespie, and Jorge Gonzalez). Environment and Planning A 40(10):2285–2295. 2008.



“From Empire to Nation-State: Explaining War in the Modern World, 1816–2001.” (with Andreas Wimmer). American Sociological Review 71(6):867–897. 2006.

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Winner, 2007 Best Paper Award, Political Sociology Section, American Sociological Association.

Winner, 2007 Best Paper Award, Comparative Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association.





“War and the Global Spread of the Nation-State” (with Andreas Wimmer). In Mathias Albert, Lars-Erik Cederman, and Alexander Wendt (Eds.). New Systems Theories of World Politics. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 2010.


“Ethnicity and War in a World of Nation-States” (with Andreas Wimmer). In Helmut Anheier and Raj Isar (Eds.). Cultures, Conflict, and Globalization. New York: Sage Publications. 2007.





“Electrifying the Poor: Power and Politics in India.” Revise and resubmit. American Journal of Political Science.


“Ethnic Exclusion and Economic Growth.”


“Estimating the Effects of Electoral Quotas in India” (with Yogesh Uppal).


“Democracy and Light: Global Evidence on Public Goods Provision from Satellite.”


“Using Satellite Imagery of Night Lights to Study Patronage and Politics in Africa” (with Elizabeth Carlson and Daniel Posner).





“The Politics of Energy and What it Means for the Climate.” International Institute Journal. University of Michigan. Spring 2012.



Understanding Private-Sector Decision Making for Early-Stage Technology Development (with Philip Auerswald, Lewis Branscomb, and Nicholas Demos). Gaithersburg, MD: U.S. Department of Commerce. September 2005.



“Book review of Technology and the New Economy, Bai and Yuen (Eds.).” Journal of Asian Business 20(2):83. 2004.


i-Governance in Naga City, Philippines (with Luz Lopez Rodriguez). Innovations in Technology and Governance Case Study, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University. 2003.



Greener Governance in Potchefstroom, South Africa (with Chris Mingo and Johan Nel). Innovations in Technology and Governance Case Study, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University. 2003.