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 is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research interests include food and environmental policy, nutrition and income support programs, health and racial equity, and chronic disease-related policy interventions. Siddiqi 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. Siddiqi 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, Siddiqi 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, Siddiqi served as a scientific program analyst at the National Cancer Institute. Siddiqi 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


  • 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