Goleen Samari

Assistant Professor, Columbia University

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About Goleen

Samari's research focuses on social inequality and women's health. She examines how community health and women's reproductive health are shaped by discrimination, gender inequality, and migration both domestically and globally with a particular focus on communities from or in the Middle East and North Africa. Samari 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. 


In the News

"Islamaphobia Isn’t Just Wrong. It’s Making Muslims Sick," Goleen Samari, The Sacramento Bee, July 19, 2018.
"Why We Should Treat Islamophobia as a Public Health Issue," Goleen Samari, Dallas News, September 1, 2016.


"Islamophobia and Public Health in the United States" American Journal of Public Health 106, no. 11 (2016): 1920-1925.

Considers the recent rise in Islamophobia in the United States and provides a public health perspective on the stigmatized identity of Muslim Americans and health implications of Islamophobic discrimination.

"Women's Empowerment and Short- and Long-Acting Contraceptive Method Use in Egypt" Culture, Health, & Sexuality (2017).

Examines patterns of contraceptive choices over time in Egypt and uses indicators of women's agency to explore how women's empowerment is associated with the choice of contraceptive methods.

"Cross-Border Ties and Arab American Mental Health" Social Science & Medicine 155 (2016): 93-101.

Examines whether cross border ties to countries of origin expand immigrant social ties and subsequent implications for mental health.

"Syrian Refugee Women's Health in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan and Recommendations for Improved Practice" World Medical and Health Policy 9, no. 2 (2017): 255-274.

Explores the vulnerabilities of Syrian women and girls in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan, and how these countries approach Syrian refugee women's reproductive health care, based on an assessment of academic literature and international policy and development reports. 

"Women's Agency and Fertility: Recent Evidence from Egypt" Population Research and Policy Review 36, no. 4 (2017): 561-582.

Examines longitudinally the relationship between women's agency and fertility in Egypt during periods of time before and after the Arab Spring uprisings.