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Ximena Benavides

Resident Fellow


Ximena is a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) candidate at Yale Law School. With a primary interest on the U.S. healthcare system, her doctoral work is a legal and political analysis of the financial incentives in the physician-patient relationship that encourage self-interest behaviors and institutional corruption, accountable for a significant share of the overall expenditure. She is currently exploring policy-based tools in data architecture using technology from a patient perspective.

Ximena is a legal scholar from Peru. She earned her B.A. in Humanities and law degree from Universidad Católica del Perú, and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School. At Yale, she was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy, a Kauffman Fellow in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship, a Fellow at the Solomon Center for Health, Law & Policy, and Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics. She is currently a Graduate Policy Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale, working on policies to address Puerto Rico’s healthcare crisis. Before coming to Yale for her doctoral studies, she was a Law Professor in Peru in private law, and legal practitioner in New York and Lima.