Sameer M. Siddiqi

Photo of Sameer Siddiqi
Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in biology, University of Houston


Sameer M. Siddiqi (he/him) is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research interests include food and environmental policy, nutrition and income support programs, and health and racial equity. He is also interested in the role of partnerships and community-engaged research in advancing public health. His research applies mixed, survey, and qualitative policy research methods, together with analytic approaches from political science and implementation research, to explore policy implementation, stakeholder experiences, and stakeholder engagement. He was previously a Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Lerner Fellow, where he conducted research on food systems, food waste, and environmental sustainability and received a Graduate Certificate in food systems, environment, and public health. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as a consultant for the National Academy of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. Earlier in his career, he served as a scientific program analyst at the National Cancer Institute. He received his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in health and public policy, and a BS in Biology from the University of Houston.

Selected Publications

Siddiqi SM, Cantor J, Ghosh Dastidar M, Beckman R, Richardson AS, Baird M, Dubowitz T, "Participants Face Especially High Food Insecurity During the Early COVID-19 Pandemic," Public Health Reports, 2021 (forthcoming)

Dubowitz T, Dastidar MG, Troxel WM, Beckman R, Nugroho A, Siddiqi S, Cantor J, Baird M, Richardson AS, Hunter GP, Mendoza-Graf A, Collins RL, "Food Insecurity in a Low-Income, Predominantly African American Cohort Following the COVID-19 Pandemic," American Journal of Public Health, 111(3), 2021


  • Woman walking by a convenience store with signs indicating acceptance of WIC and food stamps in Chelsea, Massachusetts, April 16, 2020, photo by Keiko Hiromi/Reuters

    The Biden Administration's Chance to Improve SNAP and Nutrition Support

    If policymakers were to make permanent the relaxed rules forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be a start to increased racial equity in SNAP. Given broad public support for SNAP, making benefits easier to access, particularly for those already eligible, could be a bipartisan priority.

    May 19, 2021 The Washington Monthly

  • Children pick up lunch at the Olympic Hills Elementary School, after schools were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in Seattle, Washington, March 17, 2020, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    Food Access: Challenges and Solutions Brought on by COVID-19

    For the 14.3 million American households already experiencing food insecurity before the pandemic, shutdowns and restrictions have created new layers of hardship. Tremendous efforts are already underway to help. But the weeks to come will surely demand more creative solutions from the public and private sectors.

    Mar 31, 2020 The RAND Blog