Darin Christensen

Darin Christensen

Associate Professor of Public Policy & Political Science

UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs

I am a political scientist interested in related international development problems:

  1. What are the causes and consequences of conflict?
  2. What policies promote stability and the provision of other public goods and services?

My research uses fine-grained, often geo-spatial, data; employs natural or field experiments to identify causal relationships; and applies game-theoretic models to motivate and interpret empirical analysis. I often collaborate with NGOs and government agencies in the Global South.


  • PhD in Political Science, 2016

    Stanford University

  • MA in Economics, 2016

    Stanford University

  • BA in Political Science, 2008

    Duke University