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

An animation showing infant mortality in Africa since 1950

I'm thrilled and grateful to be the next Vice Chancellor of New York University Abu Dhabi, a learning and research community second to none, in a dynamic city and cultural crossroads of the world! @nyuabudhabi…

I've never run a marathon, but I run plenty of regressions.

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.

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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