Sarah Hamersma

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Sarah Hamersma

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-5455
Office Hours:
Tu 11:00-12:00 &
By Appointment

Staff Support
Katrina Fiacchi
(315) 443-9040

Curriculum Vitae
Sarah Hamersma CV

PhD Director
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004


Public economics, labor economics, applied econometrics


Spring 2022

PAI 722.006 Quantitative Analysis , TuTh 9:30-10:50, Maxwell 110

PAI 810.003 Ph.D. Research Seminar, Th 12:30-1:50, Eggers 209


Sarah Hamersma is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. She taught at the University of Florida before coming to Syracuse University. Much of her most recent research focuses on health and nutrition programs, examining their consequences for food insecurity, health outcomes, and labor supply. New work funded by the Cornell Population Center and Center for Aging Policy Studies (Syracuse) will investigate food assistance and labor market decisions over the life cycle in New York State. An additional new project, funded by the USDA through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to study the intergenerational transmission of food insecurity and the role of higher education and food assistance in breaking such transmission. Sarah received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Full Biography


Selected Papers

Research Interests

Anti-poverty Programs

Public Health

Labor Supply of Disadvantaged Workers

Research Grants and Awards

Principle Investigator. “Keeping the 'Great Equalizer' Fed: SNAP Access and Young Adults’ Educational Engagement,” with Matthew Kim and Rhea Acuna. Funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. 2020-2022.