Assistant Professor of Social Welfare
Ph.D., Columbia University
Areas of Interest:Capability Approach, Children and Families, Global Social Welfare, Intervention Development, Poverty, Quantitative Analysis, Social Development
Office Location:5325, Public Affairs
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Leyla Karimli, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on a multidimensional and multidisciplinary analysis of poverty and social exclusion in a global context. Situated within Amartya Sen’s capability approach, Professor Karimli’s research is based on the proposition that poverty needs to be treated as a complex phenomenon experienced not only in terms of material deprivation but also as powerlessness, limited human agency, exposure to vulnerability and risk, and social exclusion.
Professor Karimli has 13 years of international research and practice experience focusing on poverty and social exclusion, including working with international development agencies in the former Soviet Union and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, she was involved in research in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Colombia, Philippines, and Tajikistan.
Professor Karimli received her PhD from Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a concentration in social policy and social welfare. She completed her postdoctoral trainings at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and New York University’s Silver School of Social Work’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.
Professor Karimli is a faculty affiliate at Luskin’s Global Public Affairs, the International Center on Child Health and Asset Development (ICHAD), and UCLA’s California Center for Population Research (CCPR).
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
Karimli L., Rost L., Ismayilova L. (In Press). Integrating economic strengthening and family coaching to reduce work-related health hazards among children of poor households: Burkina Faso. Journal of Adolescent Health, Special Issue
Ismayilova, L., Karimli, L., Gaveras, E., Tô-Camier, A., Sanson, J., Chaffin, J. & Nanema, R. (2017) An integrated approach to increasing women’s empowerment and reducing domestic violence: Results of a cluster-randomized controlled trial in a West African country. Psychology of Violence. DOI: 10.1037/vio0000136
Ssewamala, F. M., Karimli, L., Neilands, T. B., Wang, J. S. H., Han, C. K., Ilic, V., & Nabunya, P. (2016) Applying a family-level economic strengthening intervention to improve education and health-related outcomes of school-going AID-orphaned children: Lessons from a randomized experiment in Southern Uganda. Prevention Science, 17 (1), 134-143
Karimli, L. & Ssewamala, F.M. (2015) Do savings mediate changes in adolescents’ future orientation and health-related outcomes? Findings from randomized experiment in Uganda. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57 (4), 425-432
Karimli, L., Ssewamala, F. M., & Neilands, T. B. (2014) Poor families striving to save in matched children’s savings accounts: Findings from a randomized experimental design in Uganda. Social Service Review, 88 (4), 658-694
For full list of publications please visit her page at ResearchGate
Program Evaluation in Social Welfare (285H)
Poverty, the Poor, and Welfare Reform (290L)
Social Welfare Research Methods (213A)
Advanced Social Welfare Research (281A)