M.S. Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2016
M.A. Applied Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
B.S. Economics, Truman State University, 2006

Sarah Charnes started her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2014. Previously, Sarah worked for seven years as a macroeconomist in the Office of Economic Policy at the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. While at the Treasury Department, she obtained a Master of Arts in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, with a concentration in quantitative methods. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Truman State University. 

Sarah's doctoral work focuses upon the intersection of social policy and food policy in the United States. She is primarily interested in issues related to food insecurity and hunger among low-income and other vulnerable populations. She is also a trainee within the UW's Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE). Sarah is currently working as a research fellow for the UW's Northwest Applied Public Policy Lab (NWAPPL).

Anti-Poverty Policy
Demography and Ecology
Quantitative Methods
Social Policy
Social Policy Implementation
Urban and Social Policy
Recent Publications: 

Allard, Scott W. and Paisner, Sarah Charnes. “The Rise of Suburban Poverty.” Oxford University Press Handbooks Online. September 2016. 

Krueger, Alan B. and Charnes, Sarah. “JOLTS as a Timely Source of Data by Establishment Size.” Monthly Labor Review. May 2011.

Professional service: 

Ph.D. Committee (Ph.D. Student Representative), 2016-17

Courses taught: 

TA Workshop Facilitator for TA/RA Conference (through the UW's Center for Teaching and Learning) (September 2016)

Teaching Assistant for PUBPOL 516: Economics for Policy Analysis and Management I (Fall 2015)

Teaching Assistant for PUBPOL 527: Quantitative Analysis I (Winter 2016)

Teaching Assistant for PUBPOL 528: Quantitative Analysis II (Spring 2016)

Working Papers: 

Allard, Scott W.; Wathen, Maria V.; and Paisner, Sarah Charnes. “Grocery Shopping and Access to Food Retailers in Metropolitan Detroit.”


Co-Investigator, "Exploring Household Food Outcomes Among the Elderly, the Disabled, and Residents of Suburban and Rural Communities." Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. (With Scott W. Allard, Principal Investigator.) 2017-19.

Major Area Paper (MAP) Title: 
Household Food Insecurity and Spatial Access to Food in the United States