Goleen Samari, PhD, MPH, MA

Professional Researcher, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

Dr. Samari's research focuses on social inequalities and health. She examines how community health and women's reproductive health are shaped by discrimination, gender inequality, and migration domestically and globally with a focus on communities in or from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 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 MENA. Her current work includes research on migration and reproductive health in MENA and unintended pregnancies and social inequities in the US.


Areas of interest:

  • Reproductive health disparities
  • Migration and reproductive health
  • Discrimination and health
  • Women's empowerment
  • Middle East and North Africa



  • University of California, Los Angeles, MA in Islamic Studies and MPH in Community Health, 2010 
  • University of California, Los Angeles, PhD in Public Health, 2015
  • University of Texas at Austin, NICHD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2017