I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research focuses on topics in labor economics and applied microeconomics, including criminal justice and education.

I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While in graduate school, I worked as a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President (2015-2016) and as a research associate for the RAND Corporation on joint projects with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. I received the NAED Spencer Dissertation Fellowship to support my research on the impact of funding for police in public schools on student disciplinary outcomes and educational attainment in Texas. My current work has earned support from the California Center for Population Research, the UCLA Council on Research, the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, and the Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research.

My research interests include understanding factors that impact police decision-making and public trust in police. In turn, I am interested in how interactions with the criminal justice system affect individuals, families and communities.

Contact Email: weisburst(at)ucla(dot)edu