Sameer M. Siddiqi

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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 uses mixed methods to explore the implications of policy design, trade-offs, and implementation on equity, health, and well-being. His current research focuses on advancing equity in nutrition and income support programs, environmental justice policies, public health preparedness programs, and emerging issues in health care, including social service coordination and consolidation. He has particular expertise in qualitative methods, implementation science, and survey development and analysis. His research has been published in key health journals, including Public Health Reports, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a graduate certificate in food systems, environment, and public health from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. 

Recent Projects

  • Environmental Racism: A Tool for Exploring the Enduring Legacy of Redlining on Urban Environments

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, 136(4), 2021

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

Madrigano J, Concannon TW, Mann S, Siddiqi SM, Chari R, Faherty LJ., "Impact of World Trade Center-Related Health Research Program," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(5), 2021

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Zwick Award


  • 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