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Mark A.R. Kleiman

Affiliated Scholar

Mark Kleiman is professor of public policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis and on drug abuse and crime control policy. He is the author of Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control and Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results, and is now at work on When Brute Force Fails: Strategy for Crime Control. He also edits the Drug Policy Analysis Bulletin. His academic interests include political philosophy and the study of imperfectly rational decision-making and how to make policy to accommodate it.

In addition to his academic work, Mr. Kleiman provides advice to local, state, and national governments on crime control and drug policy.

Before coming to UCLA in 1995, Mr. Kleiman taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the University of Rochester. Outside of academia, he has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice (as director of policy and management analysis for the Criminal Division), for the City of Boston (as deputy director for management of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget), for Polaroid Corporation (as special assistant to the CEO, Edwin Land), and on Capitol Hill (as a legislative assistant to Congressman Les Aspin (D-WI)).

He graduated from Haverford College (majoring in political science, philosophy, and economics) and did his graduate work (M.P.P. and Ph.D.) at the Kennedy School.