Goleen Samari is a public health demographer and an assistant professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on social inequality and health aiming to address health disparities and promote health equity. Taking a social justice approach, she considers how discrimination, gender inequities, and migration shape population health both domestically and globally with a particular focus on communities in or from the Middle East and North Africa. She was the first to draw attention to Islamophobia and racialization of religious minorities as a public health issue and is one of a few public health demographers focused on populations in and from the Middle East and North Africa.