Mark Kleiman


Professor of Public Policy


Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University

M.P.P., Public Policy, Harvard University

B.A., Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics, Haverford College


  • Mark A.R. Kleiman, MMP, Ph.D. is the chairman of BOTEC Analysis Corporation
  • Expert in crime reduction, justice, and drug policy
  • Visiting professor at Harvard Law School
  • Book author 


Mark A.R. Kleiman, MPP, Ph.D., is the chairman of BOTEC Analysis Corporation, a lead contractor in implementing a legal cannabis market in Washington State and an advisor to Jamaica's Ministry of Industry, Investment Commerce. Kleiman is known for his expertise in crime reduction, justice, and drug policy.  Dr. Kleiman is a professor of Public Policy and the director of the Crime Reduction & Justice Initiative at New York University’s the Marron Institute, co-editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, the organizer of the group blog called The Reality-Based Community, and a member of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council. 

He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice (as director of Policy and Management Analysis for the Criminal Division), for the City of Boston (as deputy director for Management of the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget), for Polaroid Corporation, and on Capitol Hill.

He has written extensively on drug policy and criminal justice. His books include, "When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment" (named by The Economist as one of the “Books of the Year” for 2009), "Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results" and "Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control" He co-authored, "Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know" and "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know."


Mark Kleiman graduated from Haverford College (B.A. in political science, philosophy, and economics, magna cum laude), before attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received his master of public policy degree, and a Ph.D. in public policy. 


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