COLLISION AND COLLUSION: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe, 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Palgrave, 2001.

COLLISION AND COLLUSION: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe 1989-1998, 1st edition, New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's, 1998.

THE UNPLANNED SOCIETY: Poland During and After Communism.  Edited, translated, annotated, and introductions.  New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, 1992.

THE PRIVATE POLAND: An Anthropologist's Look at Everyday Life. New York. N.Y.: Facts on File, 1986. 


"The Corruption Conundrum: Bridging Perspectives Between East and West." Submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice, December 2006.

"Corruption and Organized Crime in Post-Communist States: New Ways of Manifesting Old Patterns".  In Trends in Organized Crime, vol. 7, no. 1, Fall 2001, pp. 3-61 (released Fall 2003).

Local Government Reform, NGOs, and Training in Russia: A Tale of Three Cities (with Jonathan Harris and Yulia Bolotskikh). Washington, D.C.: The Eurasia Foundation, 2002.

Scholarly Articles

"Reconstruction Aid to Ukraine: What we know (or should know) from the history of 1990s assistance to Eastern Europe," VOX EU, June 14, 2023; VOX Ukraine

"When Civilizational Models Collide," Project Syndicate, March 3, 2023.

"Beyond Cash: Reputation Laundering as a Feature of Transnational Kleptocracy." Commentary written for the National Endowment for Democracy's International Forum for Democratic Studies, December 2020.

"Déjá Vu: How Today's Western Democracies Recall Eastern Europe under Communism," "Lessons for Liberalism from the 'Illiberal East'," Dace Dzenovska and Larisa Kurtović, eds., Special Issue, Cultural Anthropology, April 25, 2018.

"Globalisation's Freelancers, Democracy's Decline: The Case of Harvard, the Chubais Clan, and U.S. Aid to Russia." In Globalisation in Practice, Nigel Thrift, Adam Tickell, and Steve Woolgar, eds., Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013.

"Beyond Conflict of Interest: Shadow Elites and the Challenge to Democracy and the Free Market." In Polish Sociological Review, vol. 2, no. 174, 2011, pp. 149-165.

"What Russia Can Learn from China in Its Transition to a Market Economy" (with Michael D. Intriligator and Catherine H. Lee).  In Clumsy Solutions in a Complex World: Governance, Politics, and Plural Perceptions, Marco Verweij and Michael Thompson, eds.  Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. 105-131.

"Flex Organizing and the Clan-State: Perspectives on Crime and Corruption in the New Russia." In Ruling Russia: Crime, Law, and Justice in a Changing Society, William Pridemore, ed. New York, N.Y.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005, pp. 101-116.

"U.S. Foreign Aid and Foreign Policy: Building Strong Relationships by Doing it Right." In International Studies Perspectives, vol. 6, issue 1, February 2005. [abstract]

"Blurring the State-Private Divide: Flex Organisations and the Decline of Accountability." In Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict: A Critical Development Reader, Max Spoor, ed. Dordrecht (Netherlands) and Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, pp. 217-235.

"Courtage International et Institution Floues." (with Siddarth Chandra) In ACTES de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, no. 151-152, March 2004, pp. 114-125. [abstract in Fr. and Eng.]

"'Studying Through' a Globalizing World: Building Method Through Aidnographies." In Ethnographies of Aid: Exploring Development Texts and Encounters, Jeremy Gould and Henrik Secher Marcussen, eds., Roskilde University Centre (Denmark): International Development Studies, 2004, Occasional Paper 24, pp.149-173.

"Transactions in the U.S. Russia Relationship: Representational Gymnastics, Shifting Agency, and Russia's Decline." In The Legacy of the Soviet Union, Andrew Wilson and Wendy Slater, eds., London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 103-121.

"Mafia Without Malfeasance, Clans Without Crime: The Criminality Conundrum in Post-Communist Europe." In Crime's Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime, Philip C. Parnell and Stephanie C. Kane, eds., New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, pp. 221-244.

"Clans, Cliques, and Captured States: Rethinking 'Transition' in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union." In Journal of International Development, vol. 15, 2003, pp. 427-440.

"Dirty Togetherness: Institutional Nomads, Networks, and the State-Private Interface in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union." In Polish Sociological Review, vol. 2, no. 142, 2003, pp. 139-159.

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"Central and Eastern Europe in Transition: A Mixed Record" (with Richard F. Kaufman). In Global Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Millennium. Martha Honey and Tom Barry, eds., New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's Press, 2000, pp. 185-204.

"U.S. Assistance for Market Reforms: Foreign Aid Failures in Russia and the Former Soviet Bloc." In The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy, vol. 4, no. 3, Winter 2000, pp. 393-417.

"Rigging the U.S.-Russia Relationship: Harvard, Chubais, and the Transidentity Game." In Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, vol. 7, no. 4, Fall 1999, pp. 469-500.

"Informal Relations and Institutional Change: How Eastern European Cliques and States Mutually Respond." In The Anthropology of East Europe Review, vol. 16, no. 1, Spring 1998, pp. 4-13.

"Second Thoughts from the Second World: Interpreting Aid in Post-Communist Eastern Europe" (with Gerald Creed). In Human Organization, vol. 56, no. 3, Fall 1997, pp. 253-264.

"Clique-Run Organizations and U.S. Economic Aid: An Institutional Analysis." In Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, vol. 4, no. 4, Fall 1996, pp. 571-602.

"A Venture into the 'Second World.'" In Foreign Aid Toward the Millennium. Steven W. Hook, ed., Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 141-156.

"U.S. Aid to Central and Eastern Europe, 1990-1994: An Analysis of Aid Models and Responses." In East-Central European Economies in Transition, John P. Hardt and Richard F. Kaufman, eds., for the Joint Economic Committee Congress of the United States, 1995, New York, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., pp. 299-335.

"U.S. Aid to Central and Eastern Europe: Results and Recommendations." In Problems of Post-Communism, New York, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 42, no. 3, May-June 1995, pp. 45-50.

"The Anthropology of Politics in Post-Communist Societies." In The Anthropology of East Europe Review, vol. 10, no. 2, Autumn 1991.

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Newspaper & Magazine Articles

"It's 2020. Do You Know Who Your Government Is Serving? America Has Been Conflating Politics and Business for Years-And if We're Not Careful, We Could Go the Way of Post-Soviet Eastern Europe," Zócalo Public Square, December 10, 2020.

"It's Happening Here: What a Ukrainian Fitness Club Taught This Anthropologist about Dirty Togetherness in America," Medium, November 2, 2020.

"Dirty Populists," Project Syndicate, January 2, 2019.

"Research on Policy: Shadow Elite: How the Study of Post-Communist Societies Illuminates US Power Structures." In Anthropology News, vol. 51, issue 2, February 2010, p. 27.

"Wall Street's bailout gives me déjà vu: The aftermath of Wall Street's meltdown reminds me of the aftermath of the Berlin Wall's fall. Not in a good way." In Salon, November 8, 2009.

"Society for the Anthropology of Europe." With Deborah Cahalen and Lynn Maners. In Anthropology News, vol. 43, issue 1, January 2002, pp. 50-51.

"Who Taught Crony Capitalism to Russia?"  In The Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2001.

"Tainted Transactions: Harvard, the Chubais Clan and Russia's Ruin."  In The National Interest, no. 59, Spring 2000, pp. 23-34.
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"Tainted Transactions: An Exchange. Jeffrey Sachs, Anders Aslund, Janine Wedel. Wedel Replies. "  In The National Interest, no. 60, Summer 2000, pp. 107-110.
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"Wedel Replies." In The National Interest, no. 61, Fall 2000, pp. 120-121.
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"U.S. Economic Aid to Eastern Europe: A Case Study in Transactorship." In "Legal Reform, Investment Markets and International Assistance: The Russian Market Transition in 2000," The Harriman Economic and Business Review, vol. 1, no. 1, January 2000, pp. 16-25.

"How the Chubais Clan, Harvard Fed Corruption."  In Los Angeles Times, September 12, 1999, p. M1.

"U.S. Aid to Kosovo: Lessons from Past Experience." Testimony (written and oral) before the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, August 4, 1999.

"Baiting the Bear." In The Washington Times, June 23, 1999, p. A17.

"U.S. Assistance for Market Reforms: Foreign Aid Failures in Russia and the Former Soviet Bloc." In Policy Analysis, Washington, D.C.: CATO Institute, no. 338, March 22, 1999.

"From Triumphalism to Reality." In Foreign Service Journal, June 1999, vol. 76, no.6, pp. 40-46.

"U.S. Aid Added to Russia's Woes." In San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 1998, p. A27.

"The Harvard Boys Do Russia:  How the Best and Brightest Helped Destroy the Russian Economy." In The Nation, June 1, 1998, pp. 11-16 (cover story).

"How AID 'Reformed' Russia." In Foreign Service Journal, vol. 75, no. 5, May 1998, pp. 26-33.

"Cliques and Clans and Aid to Russia: How the U.S. Buoyed the 'St. Petersburg Clan." In Transition, vol. 4, no. 2, July 1997, pp. 66-71.

"Abuse of Trust: U.S., Russia, and Harvard." In The Boston Globe, Thursday, May 29, 1997, p. A15.

"Aid Conference in Washington: Greater Recipients Involvement Advised." In Transition. vol. 6, no. 4, World Bank, Washington, D.C. April. 1995, p. 10.

"Western Aid to Central and Eastern Europe." In Anthropology Newsletter, December 1995, vol. 36, no. 9, p. 11.

"In Russia, Don't Tie US Aid to Privatization." In The Christian Science Monitor, March 1, 1995, p. 18.

"Lessons of Western Technical Aid to Central and Eastern Europe." In Transition, vol. 5, no. 6, World Bank, Washington, D.C. July-August 1994, pp. 14-17.

"Central and Eastern Europe: Unfinished Revolutions." Policy Paper published by the Atlantic Council of the United States, Jan. 1993. Author, Additional Views; Member, Working Group.

Testimony (written and oral) on "U.S. Assistance to Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union." U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East. April 7, 1992.

"Getting it Right in Aid to Russia." In The New York Times (FORUM, Sunday Business Section). April 5, 1992.

"The Economist Heard Around the World." In World Monitor, October, 1990, pp. 33-42.

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Reviews of Books

The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania, Katherine Verdery. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2003. In American Ethnologist, vol. 32, no. 4, November 2005.

Surviving Post-Socialism: Local Strategies and Regional Responses in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Sue Bridger and Frances Pine, eds. London: Routledge, 1998. In Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 50, no. 7, November 1998, p. 1277.

The Skeleton at the Feast, C.M. Hann. University of Kent at Canterbury: Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, 1995. In The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, no. 3, vol. 4, September 1998, pp. 585-586.

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