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Angela Hawken, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Public Policy
School of Public Policy

Phone: (310) 506-7608
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Economics
  • Childcare
  • Education
  • Civil and criminal justice
  • Global health
  • Drug policy and treatment

Angela Hawken is an associate professor of economics and policy analysis. Hawken's research team focuses on drugs, crime, and corruption. She is the principal investigator of several studies that test swift, certain, and fair (SCF) strategies to reduce recidivism and incarceration. She led the randomized controlled trials of HOPE probation in Hawaii and the SCF pilot in Seattle (called WISP). She works with 11 states and an Indian nation on implementation of SCF probation and parole, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. And she directs the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Swift & Certain/HOPE TTA resource center, which will launch in Fall 2014.

Hawken is the director of BetaGov, a center for practitioner-led trials that provides tools to conduct experimental tests of operations and policies; the goal is to dramatically increase the pace of learning which innovations are promising--and which are not--in criminal-justice and other policy areas. She has conducted research and advised policymakers in South Africa, Afghanistan, Syria, the country of Georgia, and the United Nations. She has coauthored two chapters in the United Nations Human Development report, and is a coauthor of Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know and Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (both Oxford University Press).

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