Essays & Articles


Pisano, Jessica. “Potemkin Villages,” The Global Encyclopedia of Informality: Understanding Social and Cultural Complexity. University College London Press, 2017, Volume 2, pp. 278-281.


Pisano, Jessica & Simonyi, André. “Post-Soviet or Eurasian Lands? Rethinking Analytic Categories in the Ukraine-EU and Russia-China Borderlands,” in Tone Bringa and Hege Toje, eds. Eurasian Borderlands: Spatializing borders in the aftermath of state collapse. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, pp. 27-57.

Pisano, Jessica. 2016. Review of Ukraine After the Euromaidan: Challenges and Hopes, by Viktor Stepanenko and Yaroslav Pylynskyi, eds. Slavic Review  75:2 (Summer 2016) 495-496.


Pisano, Jessica. 2014. “Pokazukha and Cardiologist Khrenov: Soviet Legacies, Legacy Theatre, and a Usable Past,” in Mark Beissinger and Stephen Kotkin (eds.), The Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 222-242. (Click on image for full book link details)

Beissinger & Kotkin

Pisano, Jessica. October 2014. “Tug of War: Notes from the Battlefield of Reflexivity,” Fieldsights – Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Online.

Pisano, Jessica. 2014.  Review of Can Russia Modernise?: Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance, by Alena V. Ledeneva, Political Science Quarterly 129:2, pp. 346-347.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2011. “Opting Out under Stalin and Khrushchev: Post-War Sovietization in a Borderlands Magyar Village,” Problems of Post-Communism, 58:1, pp. 58-66.

Simonyi, André & Pisano, Jessica. 2011. “The Social Life of Borders: Political economy at the edge of the EU” in Joan DeBardeleben and Achim Hurrelmann (eds.), Transnational Europe: Promise—Paradox—Limits, pp. 222-238. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Click on image for full book link details)

Debardeleen & Hurrelmann


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2010. “Legitimizing facades: Civil Society in post-Orange Ukraine” in Paul D’Anieri (ed.), Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine. Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 229-253. (Click on image for full book details)


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2010. “Social contracts and authoritarian projects in post-Soviet space: The use of administrative resource,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 43:4, pp. 373-382.

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2010. “Opting Out under Stalin and Khrushchev: Post-War Sovietization in a Borderlands Magyar Village.” Working paper, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, pp. 1-22.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2009. Review of Le droit de propriété en mutation. Essai à la lumière du droit russe, by Aurore Chaigneau, Cahiers du Monde russe, 50:4, pp. 912-915 (in French).


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2009. “From Iron Curtain to Golden Curtain: Remaking Identity in the European Union Borderlands,” East European Politics and Societies, 23:2, pp. 266-290.


* 2011 Hungarian Studies Association Mark Pittaway biennial article prize for the best scholarly article related to Hungary.

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2009. “Property: What is it good for?” Social Research, 76:1, pp. 175-202. (Click on image for full book details)

Russia Today

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2009. “How to Tell an Axe Murderer: An Essay on Ethnography, Truth, and Lies,” in Edward Schatz (ed.), Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, pp. 53-73. (Click on image for full book details)


* 2010 American Political Science Association Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book in qualitative or multi-method research (co-recipient).

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2009. Review of Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town, by Rogers Brubaker, Margit Feischmidt, Jon Fox, and Liana Grancea, Perspectives on Politics, 7:2, pp. 424-425.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2008. “Seeds of Discontent: Russia’s Food Woes,” Current History, pp. 330-335.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2007. “Klychkov i Pustota: Post-Soviet Bureaucrats and the Production of Institutional Facades,” in Thomas Lahusen and Peter Solomon (eds.), What is Soviet Now? Identities, Legacies, Memories. London: LIT Verlag, pp. 41-56.

Lahusen & Solomon

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2007. “The Two Faces of Petr Arkad’evich: Land and Dispossession in Russia’s Southwest, ca. 2000,” International Journal of Labor and Working Class History, pp. 70-90.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2007.“Rural Transformation in Ukraine: A Sustainable Model?” Geographische Rundschau International Edition. Also published as Ländliche Transformation in der Ukraine: ein nachhaltiges Modell? Geographische Rundschau, December 2007, pp. 42-47.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2007. “Agricultural privatization in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union,” Development & Transition, London School of Economics and United Nations Development Programme, pp. 19-21.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica & Allina-Pisano, Eric. 2006. “‘Friendship of Peoples’ After the Fall: Violence and Pan-African Community in Post-Soviet Moscow,” in Maxim Matusevich (ed.), Africa in Russia, Russia in Africa: 300 Years of Encounters. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, pp. 175-198.



Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2005. “Land Reform and the Social Origins of Private Farmers in Russia and Ukraine” in Stephen Wegren (ed.), Rural Adaptation in Russia. London: Routledge.



Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2004. “Sub Rosa Resistance and the Politics of Economic Reform: Land Redistribution in Post-Soviet Ukraine,” World Politics, 56:4, pp. 554-581. Also published in Mark Bevir, ed. Interpretive Political Science (London and New Delhi: SAGE Publications, 2010).

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2004. “Land Reform and the Social Origins of Private Farmers in Russia and Ukraine,” Journal of Peasant Studies, 31:3, pp. 489-514.

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2004. “Agrarnye reformy v Rossii i na Ukraine: sravnitel’nyi analiz [Land reforms in Russia and Ukraine: A comparative analysis],” Otechestvennye zapiski, 4:1, pp. 1-12 (in Russian).

Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2004. Review of Rural Development in Eurasia and the Middle East, ed. Kurt E. Engelmann and Vjeran Pavlakovic, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 36:2, pp. 314-315.


Allina-Pisano, Jessica. 2002. “Reorganization and its Discontents: A Case Study in Voronezh oblast’” in David O’Brien and Stephen Wegren (eds.), Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia. Washington, D.C. and Baltimore: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 298-324.

Wegren & O'Brien