I am an assistant professor of Public Policy at UCLA.

I received my Ph.D. in political science and M.A. in economics from Stanford University in 2016. I have a B.A. in political science and German from Duke University.

I study the political economy of conflict and development, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. One strand of research focuses on the logic of protest and repression: what motivates people to protest, what technologies enable this collective action, and when do governments repress demonstrations? A second strand considers the political determinants and consequences of investments in mining and agribusiness in developing states.

I have consulted on evaluations of USAID and World Bank projects.


Here's a recent CV.

Contact Information

+1 (310) 825-7196
Skype: darinechristensen

Office Location

6341 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656