Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at New York University

Areas of Expertise

  • Drug abuse
  • Crime control policy
  • Criminal justice system

Key Findings

  • As states enact policy legalizing marijuana, the government has options to accommodate these changes at a federal level through informal administrative discretion, formalizing administrative discretion, legislative action, and conditional deference. MORE


Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy at New York University, is an expert in drug abuse, crime control policy and the criminal justice system.

Kleiman served as a Professor of Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and Director of the school’s Drug Policy Analysis Program. Kleiman was a legislative aide to Congressman Les Aspin and a special assistant to Polaroid CEO, Edwin Land. He was the Deputy Director for Management and Director of Program Analysis for the Office of Management and Budget of the City of Boston and worked for the Office of Policy and Management Analysis in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a member of the National Organized Crime Planning Council and is currently a member of the National Research Council, Committee on Law and Justice as well as the Chairman of the Board for Botec Analysis Corporation. He is the editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analytics.

He has been published in numerous academic journals and is the author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know and Encyclopedia of Drug Policy.

Kleiman received his Ph.D. and M.P.P. in Public Policy from Harvard University and B.A. in Economics, Philosophy and Political Science from Haverford College.