Goleen Samari

Goleen Samari

Goleen Samari

Assistant Professor
Population and Family Health


60 Haven Avenue Suite B2 #212
New York New York USA 10032
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Goleen Samari is a public health demographer whose research focuses on social inequities and health. Taking a health justice approach, she examines how discrimination, gender inequities, and migration shape health disparities both domestically and globally with a particular focus on communities in or from the Middle East and North Africa. She largely focuses on issues related to immigrant health, women's health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She was the first to draw attention to Islamophobia as a public health issue in the United States, and one of a few researchers examining women's empowerment and reproductive health in the Middle East and North Africa. Cutting across all her research areas is an interest in the way social science constructs are measured and mixed methods that guide the research process. Her work also aims to bridge the gap between research and policy, making research accessible for wide audiences. Her research has been published in several journals including Social Science & Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health, and her editorials and Op-Eds have been published in local and national newspapers.



PhD, 2015, University of California Los Angeles
MPH, 2010, University of California Los Angeles
MA, 2010, University of California Los Angeles
BA, 2007, University of Texas at Austin

Mailman Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

Columbia Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Research Design and Methods, Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Immigrant Health, Social / Cultural Issues, Women's Health, Global Health, Refugee Health, Contraception, Family Planning, Fertility / Infertility Issues, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights

Select Publications

Samari, Goleen. 2016. Islamophobia and Public Health in the United States. American Journal of Public Health 106(11): 1920 - 1925.
Samari, Goleen, Hector E. Alcala, and Mienah Z. Sharif. 2018. Islamophobia, Health and Public Health: A Systematic Literature Review. American Journal of Public Health 108(6): e1 - e9.
Samari, Goleen. 2016. Cross-border Ties and Arab American Mental Health. Social Science & Medicine 155: 93 - 101.
Samari, Goleen and Kate Coleman-Minahan. 2017. Parental Gender Expectations by Socioeconomic Status and Nativity: Implications for Contraceptive Use. Sex Roles 78(9): 699.
Coleman-Minahan, Kate and Goleen Samari. 2018. He Supported Me 100%: Mexican-immigrant Fathers, Daughters, and Adolescent Reproductive Health.Ethnicity & Health: 1 - 20.
Samari, Goleen. 2017. Women's Empowerment and Short and Long-acting Contraceptive Method Use in Egypt. Culture, Health & Sexuality 20(4): 458-473.
Samari, Goleen and Judith A. Seltzer. 2016. Risky Sexual Behavior of Foreign and Native-born Emerging Adults: The Long Reach of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Adolescence. Social Science Research 60: 222.
Samari, Goleen. 2017. Women's Agency and Fertility: Recent Evidence from Egypt. Population Research & Policy Review 36(4): 561-582.
Samari, Goleen and Anne R. Pebley. 2018. Longitudinal Determinants of Married Women's Autonomy in Egypt. Gender, Place & Culture 25(6): 799 - 820.
Samari, Goleen. 2017. Syrian Refugee Women's Health in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan and Recommendations for Improved Practice. World Medical & Health Policy 9(2): 255-274.

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