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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


 Member Mark Kleiman 

Mark A. R. Kleiman

Department of Public Policy

UCLA School of Public Affairs



MARK A.R. KLEIMAN is professor of public policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; for academic year 2012-13. He is a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice and visiting professor of policy at the University of Virginia Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis, on imperfectly rational decision-making at the individual and social level, and on drug abuse and crime control policy. His current focus is on the dynamics of deterrent threats, and on the prospect of reducing crime and incarceration by substituting swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically. Dr. Kleiman is the author of Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control; Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results; and When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, listed by The Economist as one of the "Books of the Year" for 2009. Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (co-authored with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) was published by Oxford University Press in July 2011, and Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Caulkins, Hawken, Kilmer, and Kleiman) in June 2012. He edits the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Kleiman provides advice to local, state, and national governments on crime control and drug policy. Before coming to UCLA in 1995, he taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at the University of Rochester. Before he began to teach, Dr. Kleiman worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as director of policy and management analysis for the Criminal Division. He graduated magna cum laude in political science, philosophy, and economics from Haverford College and did his graduate work (M.P.P. and Ph.D.) at the Kennedy School.  Read More

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