Darin Christensen

Darin Christensen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

UCLA, Luskin School

I study political economy, focusing on institutions and policies that promote investment and mitigate violence in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. I have consulted on projects for The Asia Foundation, USAID, and The World Bank.


  • PhD in Political Science, 2016

    Stanford University

  • MA in Economics, 2016

    Stanford University

  • BA in Political Science, 2008

    Duke University


Community-based Crisis Response: Evidence from Sierra Leone's Ebola Outbreak. AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2020.


Measuring the Economic Effect of Alien Tort Statute Liability. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2016.

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Defunding Dissent: Restrictions on Aid to NGOs. Journal of Democracy, 2013.

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Labor Standards, Labor Endowments, and the Evolution of Inequality. International Studies Quarterly, 2013.



Tracking Concessions in Sierra Leone

Nationwide census to catalog mining and agricultural concessions.

Correction to Conley Standard Errors

Updated and corrected code for Conley standard errors.

Ongoing Projects

Project on Resources and Governance

Non-profit research initiative that applies insights from the social and behavioral sciences to find effective solutions to governance problems in resource-rich countries.

Managing Forest Resources in Liberia

RCT to provide information and training that enables communities to make decisions about forest use that satisfy their conservation and development goals.

Enabling Local Fiscal Capacity in Colombia

RCT to facilitate the formalization of small businesses.