Ximena Benavides is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. and was awarded the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Public Policy in 2006. Ximena researches and writes about institutional corruption, healthcare system reform, and healthcare innovation. Focusing on the U.S. healthcare system, her doctoral work examines how the structural dynamics of institutional arrangements, created by legal rules and policies, create obstacles to the delivery of health care and the advancement of the determinants of health. Ximena compares her findings with other healthcare systems, particularly in Latin America. Her academic work incorporates insights from political science and economics and is directed toward generating proposals for practical policy reform informed by both theory and evidence. Her recent article, “Disparate Health Care in Puerto Rico: A Battle Beyond Statehood,” is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change. Ximena serves as a Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, the Solomon Center for Health, Law & Policy, and the Schell Center for International Human Rights. She is affiliated with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, where she was a Policy Graduate Fellow in 2018-19. She also collaborates with Yale School of Management’s M.B.A. and E.M.B.A. programs, working at the intersection of health and sustainable innovation.

Committed to social justice, Ximena lectures in the Yale College course, Social Critical Thinking through the Arts, the first undergraduate course taught entirely at the Yale University Art Gallery. Through a visual thinking curriculum, Ximena fosters conversations about racial discrimination, immigration, feminism, decolonization, and social movements through selected works of art.

Before coming to Yale for her doctoral studies, Ximena was a law professor in Peru. She also practiced law in New York for the international corporate and investment arbitration division of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and in Lima, Peru at the CMS-Grau law firm and Intercorp Group.

Doctoral Committee
Professors Susan Rose-Ackerman (chair), Abbe R. Gluck (reader), Jacob S. Hacker (reader), and Nicholas R. Parrillo (reader)

LL.M., Yale Law School, 2006
J.D. [Abogado], Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2002
M.A. [Bachiller] (Humanities), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1997

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