University of California, Riverside

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Luciana Dar

Luciana Dar

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Education
2104 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-2751

Research Areas

  • Higher education politics, policy and finance in the United States and abroad. In particular, I am interested on how political dynamics, ideology and political institutions affect government decisions over spending, regulation and policy. I am also interested in understanding how higher education affects income distribution at the state, country and global levels.


  • B.A., Economics, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • M.A., Economics, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles


Luciana Dar is an Assistant Professor of higher education at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests fall into three interconnected areas of inquiry: comparative political economy of higher education, the relationship between higher education and social inequality, and the politics of higher education. She approaches each of these areas with a combination of theoretical and methodological tools from the positive political economy, comparative politics, and public finance literatures in close connection with insights from the public policy and higher education fields. Her recent work seeks to explain why public support for higher education has decreased while the public demand and value of a college education has increased and why states' priorities for higher education are frequently misaligned with states' economic needs. Luciana holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Current Curricular Vitae

Personal Website


Peer-reviewed articles

Chapters in books

Policy Briefs/Technical Reports


Selected Works in Progress

  • Dar, L. & Yoshikawa, S.  Higher education institutions matter: Federalism, Representation and Redistribution.
  • Dar, L. & Franke, R. Revisiting the political economy of government support for higher education: Evidence from a new unifying measure for the American states. 
  • Curs, B., & Dar, L. Does state financial aid affect institutional aid? An analysis of the role of state policy on postsecondary institutional pricing strategies. Available at
  • Dar, L. Politics, inequality and state priorities for higher education. Available at

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942


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