Darin Christensen

Darin Christensen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs

I study the political economy of conflict and development, focusing on institutions and policies that promote investment and mitigate violence in developing countries. I collaborate on projects with government agencies and international organizations.


  • PhD in Political Science, 2016

    Stanford University

  • MA in Economics, 2016

    Stanford University

  • BA in Political Science, 2008

    Duke University

Working Papers


Adoption of Community Monitoring Improves Common Pool Resource Management Across Contexts. Accepted, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.

Citizen Monitoring Promotes Informed and Inclusive Forest Governance in Liberia. Accepted, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.


Building Resilient Health Systems: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone and the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2021.

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How Does Armed Conflict Shape Investment? Evidence from the Mining Sector. Accepted, Journal of Politics, 2020.

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

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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.



Evaluating Due Diligence Programs for Conflict Minerals

A Matched Analysis of 3T Mines in Eastern DRC

Tracking Concessions in Sierra Leone

Nationwide census to catalog mining and agricultural concessions.

Ongoing Projects

Project on Resources and Governance

Research initiative that applies social science insights to natural resource governance.

Migration in West and Central Africa

Research agenda to understand the determinants and benefits of migration.

Managing Forest Resources in Liberia

RCT to enable citizens’ monitoring and negotiations around communal forests.

Enabling Local Fiscal Capacity in Colombia

RCT to facilitate the formalization of small businesses.