Goleen Samari is a public health demographer whose research focuses on social inequities and health. Taking a health justice approach, she examines how racism, gender inequities, and migration-based inequities and xenophobia shape population health 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. Building on the legacy of structural racism and health scholars, she was the first to draw attention to racialization of religious minorities and Islamophobia as a public health issue. She is also one of a handful of public health researchers examining women's empowerment and reproductive health in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research remains focused on understanding and alleviating intersectional structural determinants of health. 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. She is privileged to be recognized as a thought leader on the health effects of discrimination and to have received a few notable honors for her contributions to health equity research.
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
Faculty Affiliate, Columbia Population Research Center
Areas of Expertise
Research Design and Methods, Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Immigrant Health, Social / Cultural Issues, Social Factors in Health, Stigma, Women's Health, Global Health, Refugee Health, Abortion, Contraception, Family Planning, Fertility / Infertility Issues, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights
Select Global Activities
Answering the Big Questions in Forced Displacement and Health
Ending Gender-based Violence
Demography of the Middle East and North Africa
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 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.