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Goleen Samari is an Assistant Professor of Population & Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Alongside countless U.S. citizens and immigrants from around the world, I envision a future in which racial and religious minorities alike have the assurances of the fundamental right to health.
— Goleen Samari


My interdisciplinary training in public health and demography draws on methods and theories from a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, sociology, family demography, political science, gender studies, biostatistics, and health services research. I received my Ph.D. in Public Health (concentration in Demography) from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). I also hold a M.A. in Islamic Studies from UCLA and an MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA. I earned B.As in Middle Eastern Studies and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. My training was supported by pre and postdoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards through the NICHD, California Center for Population Research [T32], and UT Austin Population Research Center [T32], UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, and Islamic Studies Graduate Scholarship [Master's Award].

Prior Positions

Prior to Columbia University, I was a research scientist at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco. Upon completion of my Ph.D., I was a postdoctoral research fellow in population science at the UT Austin Population Research Center. During my Ph.D., I was an affiliate of the California Center for Population Research, and I worked with several different entities including faculty in public health and sociology at UCLA, faculty at the American University of Beirut, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center, International Organization for Migration, and the World Health Organization.