CCPR welcomes the following new faculty affiliates:

Youssef Benzarti

Youssef Benzarti’s research examines tax filing behavior and the cost of filing taxes, for instance, the difficulties of itemizing.  He also explores labor migration of high-skilled workers and retirement.  Benzarti is Assistant Professor of Economics. He comes to UCLA from UC-Berkeley where he received his PhD.

Graeme Blair

Graeme Blair, Assistant Professor of Political Science, examines processes of political influence, for instance among those who live near valuable resources like oil fields in Nigeria.  He developed new methods for asking sensitive survey questions during his study of civilian support of armed groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Blair earned his PhD. in Politics from Princeton University, and joined the UCLA faculty after a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.

Cindy Cain

Cindy Cain, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, is trained as a sociologist. She draws on social and organizational theories to better understand how to deliver care to vulnerable populations. Prior to coming to UCLA, Cain was a postdoctoral fellow (2013-2015) at the University of Minnesota’s Division of Health Policy and Management.

Darin Christensen

Darin Christensen is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. He studies the political economy of conflict and development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Christensen’s research explores the logic of protest and repression and what motivates people to protest. Christensen received his PhD in Political Science at Stanford University.

Molly Fox

Molly Fox is a biological anthropologist whose research addresses the evolutionary context of chronic disease and the bio-social relationships of grandmothers, mothers, and children.  She also investigates how gestation and lactation may set the bio-physiological bases for late life diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Fox is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, having joined the UCLA faculty from her position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UC Irvine.

Michela Giorcelli

Michaela Giorcelli

Michela Giorcelli, Assistant Professor of Economics, investigates the promotion of STEM education and the effect of these policies on innovation. She also studies the effect on Italian firms’ survival and productivity of the U.S. Marshall Plan management and technology program. Giorcelli received her PhD from Stanford.

Martin Hackmann

Martin Hackmann’s research examines the costs of health care reforms, selection into health insurance, and the effects on quality of care in nursing homes of Medicaid and competition. He also investigates the effect of parental leave programs on the supply of nurses in Denmark. Prior to joining the UCLA Economics faculty as Assistant Professor, Hackmann was on the faculty at Penn State University.

Erin Hartman


Erin Hartman is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Political Science. Her research focuses on causality, sampling methods, and politics. Recent work develops new estimation and theoretical methods for identifying and validating causal effects. Before joining UCLA, Hartman was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University.

Leyla Karimli


Leyla Karimli, an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, investigates the effects of economic empowerment policies on individuals’ responses to poverty. A particular focus is how policies affect psychological outcomes such as self-efficacy and future orientation. She studies these issues in diverse settings, including Burkina Faso, Kenya, and the Philippines. Karimli joins UCLA after a postdoctoral appointment at NYU’s Institute for Policy Poverty and Research.

Randall Kuhn


Randall Kuhn’s research explores the role of health and demographic change in driving societal transformation. He leads a multi-year evaluation of the Matlab health and family planning program in Bangladesh.  Prior to joining the Community Health Sciences Department as Associate Professor, Kuhn was director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Ricardo Perez-Truglia


Ricardo Perez-Truglia is Assistant Professor of Economics in the Global Economics and Management group at the Anderson School of Management. Perez-Truglia’s research examines how social interactions shape economic and political decisions.  Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Perez-Truglia was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England.

Brooke Scelza


As a behavioral ecologist, Brooke Scelza seeks to understand the adaptive nature of behavior as a function of local socio-ecological context. Current projects explore reproductive decision-making of males and females; parental investments; and female social support networks in Namibia. Scelza is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology where she now serves as the Vice Chair of Graduate Studies.

Laura Wray-Lake

In this photo, Laura Wray-Lake, Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Photo by Brandon Vick, University Communications

Laura Wray-Lake, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, studies civic engagement of youth and young adults. Her work also explores the relationship between civic engagement and socioemotional adjustment and psychological well-being.  Wray-Lake came to UCLA from the University of Rochester where she was a faculty member.