Sjur Hamre

I am a PhD student in political science at Duke University, primarily interested in political economy. My research investigates the political effects of economic integration.


About me

I hail from Leikanger, a tiny town in mid-western Norway. At 16, I moved to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to study at United World College in Mostar.

After UWC Mostar, I studied Political Science and Economics at New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, with semesters abroad in Washington, D.C., and Shanghai, China and shorter stints in New York, N.Y. and Accra, Ghana.

I am currently a PhD student in Duke University's political science department, where I study political economy. Aside from my academic pursuits, I enjoy biking, photography, climbing, and tinkering with my Arduino boards. I also intermittently moonlight as a web application developer.

My research

Research interests

My main research interests revolve around the political consequences of economic integration: I seek to understand how improved market access and intensified trade relations affect a range of phenomena, including voter behavior and political institutions, in both mature and developing economies.

Methodologically, I am interested in applying novel techniques, including machine learning, to produce innovative political economy research.


Corporate Social Responsibility in the Field: An Experimental Analysis

Working paper: With Chetan Dave and Alicja Reuben

The Effect of Intensified Import Competition from China on Labor-Market Outcomes and Voter Attitudes in Europe

Undergratuate thesis: Awarded the NYU Abu Dhabi Social Science Capstone Award for Excellence 2018

Advisor: John Ham

Updates from Twitter

Fox News asks Pompeo where climate change ranks on his list of top threats to the United States. He says it doesn't break his top 5. His list is:
1. China
2. Pakistan
3. North Korea
..."I think I’m at five already"...

The most useful advice I received when I was having some particularly nasty fights a few years back was: question your opponents’ evidence and arguments, but never their motives. Just saying.

"The result [of #Article13] will be that a few platforms will be positioned in terms of resources to operate with the related risk and expense."

The unanswered question: who are the two Duke University faculty members who wanted PICTURES and NAMES of the students who spoke Chinese so they could “remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master's project”?

The Economist awards its idiot of the year to Boris Johnson: “He failed miserably as foreign secretary ... a demagogue not a statesman, he is the most irresponsible politician the country has seen for many years.”

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Contact me

Email address


US: +1 (937) 947-7587

NO: +47 998 97 889

Mail address

Sjur Hamre
Duke Political Science
Box 90204
Durham, NC 27708