Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press, 2018

How Dictatorships Work: Power, Personalization, and Collapse. Cambridge University Press, 2018 (with Barbara Geddes and Joseph Wright)

Development and the State in the 21st Century: Tackling the Challenges Facing the Developing World. Palgrave Publishing, 2015 (with Natasha Ezrow and Andrea Kendall-Taylor)

Failed States and Institutional Decay: Understanding Instability and Poverty in the Developing World. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013 (with Natasha Ezrow)

The Politics of Dictatorship: Institutions and Outcomes in Authoritarian Regimes. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011 (with Natasha Ezrow)

Dictators and Dictatorships: Understanding Authoritarian Regimes and Their Leaders. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011 (with Natasha Ezrow)

Book Chapters:

"Trends in Democratization: Leadership Transitions and Systemic Change." In Peace and Conflict 2014, eds. David Backer, Paul Huth, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld. University of Maryland, CIDCM, 2014

"Comparative Leadership in Non-Democracies." In Comparative Political Leadership, ed. Ludger Helms. Palgrave MacMillan Publishers, 2012 (with Elizabeth A. Stein)

"Trends in Democratization: Unpacking Anocracies." In Peace and Conflict 2012, eds. J. Joseph Hewitt, Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Ted Robert Gurr, and Birger Heldt. University of Maryland, CIDCM, 2012