Goleen Samari

Goleen Samari is an assistant professor and population health demographer in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health and Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her research considers how racism, xenophobia, gender inequities, and migration-based inequities shape reproductive and population health with a particular focus on populations in or from the Middle East and North Africa. She takes a structural determinants of health approach to understand and alleviate health burdens amongst immigrant communities in New York City and the United States. Dr. Samari co-founded Mentoring of Students and Igniting Community (MOSAIC) at the Mailman School of Public Health to provide additional mentorship to students of color and first-generation students at Columbia. Dr. Samari earned a Ph.D. in public health, an MPH in community health sciences, and an MA in Islamic studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.