Articles & Chapters


Sonja Luehrmann beyond Religion and beyond Russia. In “Unfinished Conversations: A Tribute to Sonja Luehrmann (1975-2019),” edited by Angie Heo and Jeanne Kormina. History and Anthropology, January 2020. LINK.


Energy Materiality: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to a Chaotic Concept. Energy Research & Social Science. (Co-authored with Margarita Balmaceda, Corey Johnson, Heiko Pleins, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, and Per Högselius). vol 56, October 2019. LINK.

Bringing Oil to Life: Corporations and Conspiracies in Russian Oil Documentaries. Slavic Review 78(1): 50-73. LINK.

The Spaces of Old Belief in the Upper Kama (20th Century). Pp. 675-684 In Язык, книга, и традиционная культура познего русского средневековья в науке, музейной и библотечной работе. Ed. И.В. Поздеева, Ю.С. Белянкин, and Н.В. Литвина. Moscow: Arkheodoksia. LINK

Book Forum on Tomas Matza’s Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity, and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia. Somatosphere. LINK.

Reservoir. Post in the Series “Volumetric Sovereignty,” edited by Franck Billé, Society and Space website, March 12, 2019. LINK.

Петробартер: нефть, неравенство и политическое воображаемое в период «холодной войны» и после ее окончания. In Неприкосновенный запас. Дебаты о политике и культуре, No. 126, 4/2019. Новое Литературное Обозрение. Special Issue of NLO on “The Phenomenology of Oil,” edited by Il’ya Kalinin. [Translation of “Petrobarter,” from Current Anthropology 2014]. LINK.

Bilbao on the Kama? The Perm Cultural Project and Its Critics. Part 2. Вестник Пермского Университета. Серия Политология. 13(2). [Reprint of Chapter 8 of The Depths of Russia.] LINK.

Bilbao on the Kama? The Perm Cultural Project and Its Critics. Part 1. Вестник Пермского Университета. Серия Политология. 13(1). [Reprint of Chapter 8 of The Depths of Russia.]


Postsocialisms, Anthropology of, Wiley International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. (Co-authored with Elizabeth Dunn and Katherine Verdery). LINK.

Decentralizing Energy. Post in the Series “De-provincializing Development,” American Anthropologist website, July 3, 2018. (Co-authored with Myles Lennon) LINK.

U.S. Energy and Politics through a Russian Lens. Post in the Series “Lessons for Liberalism from the ‘Illiberal East,'” Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, April 25, 2018. LINK


Comment on Michael David-Fox, “Modernity in the USSR and Russia: None, Shared, Alternative, or Entangled?” Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie 140 (4/2016) LINK

Comment on Chris Hann, “A Concept of Eurasia,” Current Anthropology 57(1). LINK


Oil and Anthropology. Annual Review of Anthropology 44:365-80. LINK

Deep Oil and Deep Culture in the Russian Urals. Pp. 61-71 in Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas, edited by Hannah Appel, Arthur Mason, and Michael Watts. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. PDF


Petrobarter: Oil, Inequality, and the Political Imagination in and after the Cold War. [With commentaries by Alex Golub, Jane Guyer, Engseng Ho, Bill Maurer, Stephanie Rupp, Naomi Schiller, and Michael Watts.] Current Anthropology 55(2): 131-153. PDF

Energopolitical Russia: Corporation, State, and the Rise of Social and Cultural Projects. Anthropological Quarterly 87(2): 431-452. PDF

The Oil Company and the Crafts Fair: From Povsednevnost’ to Byt in Postsocialist Russia. Pp. 71-93 in Everyday Life in Russia: Subjectivities, Perspectives, and Lived Experience, edited by Mary Cavender, Choi Chatterjee, Karen Petrone, and David L. Ransel. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Thane Gustafson’s Wheel of Fortune and the Study of Post-Soviet Oil. Russian History 41: 513-527. PDF


Postsocialist Societies: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (co-authored with Katherine Verdery). Pp. 439-455 in The Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology, edited by James G. Carrier and Deborah B. Gewertz. London: Bloomsbury. PDF


The Materiality of the Corporation: Oil, Gas, and Corporate Social Technologies in the Remaking of a Russian Region. American Ethnologist 39(2): 284-296. PDF


Certainty and Vulnerability in Oil Boom Russia. Anthropology Now 3(2): 10-16. PDF

Fixers in Motion: A Conversation (co-authored with Craig Jeffrey, Christine Philliou, and Andrew Shryock). Comparative Studies in Society and History 53(3): 692-707. PDF

Старая Вера и Русская Земля: История и Этика на Урале  [The Old Faith and the Russian Land: History and Ethics in the Urals]. Pp. 353-362 In Language, Book, and Traditional Culture of the Late Middle Ages in the Life of the Time, in Science, and in the Museum and Library Work of the Twenty-First Century, ed I.V. Pozdeeva, The World of Old Belief, volume 8. Moscow. PDF

Oil into Culture: Energopolitics in the Russian Urals. Anthropology News 52(5): 7. PDF


Postsocialisms Unbound: Connections, Critiques, Comparisons. Slavic Review 69(1): 1-15. PDF

Epilogue: Ex Oriente Lux, Once Again? Pp. 351-360 in Eastern Christianities in Anthropological Perspective, edited by Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz. University of California Press “Anthropology of Christianities” Series. PDF


Old Belief between “Society” and “Culture”: Remaking Moral Communities and Inequalities on a Former State Farm. In Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, edited by Mark D. Steinberg and Catherine Wanner, pp. 115-147. Bloomington: Indiana University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press.


How to Be a Khoziain in a Transforming State: State Formation and the Ethics of Governance in Post-Soviet Russia. Comparative Studies in Society and History 48(4): 915-945. PDF

Historical Anthropology Meets Soviet History. Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 7(3): 633-649. PDF


Moonshine, Money, and the Politics of Liquidity in Rural Russia. American Ethnologist 32(1): 63-81. PDF

The Anthropology of Religion after Socialism. Religion, State, and Society 33(1): 5-18. PDF


Protecting the Young, Sending Off the Dead: Old Belief And “Religious Revival” In The Russian Urals. Anthropology Of East Europe Review 21(2): 37-40.