Lucrecia Santibañez is an associate professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her research focuses on how to improve teacher policy and school-level resource allocation to increase learning among vulnerable populations. Santibañez has conducted research in Mexico, Colombia, Laos, Mozambique, and the U.S.; her work been published in both English- and Spanish-speaking journals, including Economics of Education Review, Teachers College Record, International Journal of Behavioral Development, and International Journal of Educational Development. She was previously an associate professor at the Claremont Graduate University, an education economist at the RAND Corporation, and professor of public policy at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico. She received her PhD in education from Stanford University.