Ilia Murtazashvili

  • Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Associate Director, Center for Governance and Markets
  • Campbell Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Ilia Murtazashvili is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. His research and teaching interests include political economy, property rights, self-governance, and natural resource governance. His current research focuses on the political foundations of effective private property rights, the consequences of the shale boom, the link between social institutions and forest governance, and the politics and economic significance of blockchain technology.

He is the author of several books including The Political Economy of the American Frontier (Cambridge University Press) and The Political Economy of Fracking: Private Property, Polycentricity, and the Shale Revolution (Routledge). Another book, Land, the State, and War: Property Rights and Political Order in Afghanistan (with Jennifer Murtazashvili) is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He has published articles in Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, The Independent Review, Review of Austrian Economics, World Development, and Rationality & Society. He has twice received the Teacher of the Year award from GSPIA. Murtazashvili is currently a Campbell Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University researching property rights institutions on Native American lands.

Education & Training

  • University of Wisconsin--Madison, 2009 PhD Political Science
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison, 2005 MA Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison, 2005 MA Political Science
  • Marquette University, 1998 BA Economics, Political Science, International Political Economy