Goleen Samari

Visiting Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

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Goleen Samari is a population health demographer and Associate Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences whose research focuses on social inequities and health. Dr. Samari examines how racism, gender inequities, and migration-based inequities shape population and reproductive health both domestically and globally with a particular focus on communities in or from the Middle East and North Africa. She focuses on issues related to immigrant health, women’s health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She was the first to draw attention to racialization of religious minorities and Islamophobia as a public health issue. She is also one of a handful of public health researchers examining women’s empowerment, gender equity, and reproductive health in the Middle East and North Africa. Her recent work includes a measure of structural xenophobia in the U.S. at the state level, the Immigrant Policy Climate index, that can be leveraged to understand the health implications of exclusionary and inclusive immigration contexts. Her research remains focused on understanding and alleviating intersectional structural determinants of health. Cutting across all her research areas is an interest in the way social science constructs are measured and mixed methods that guide the research process. Her research has been published in several journals including Social Science & Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health, and her editorials and Op-Eds have been published in local and national newspapers. She is recognized as a thought leader on the population and reproductive health effects of discrimination for Muslim, Middle Eastern, and immigrant communities and has received a few notable honors for her contributions to health equity research.


  • Perspectives from the pandemic epicenter: Sexual and reproductive health of immigrant women in New York City Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2024 Apr 03. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in Mistreatment During Childbirth JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Apr 01; 7(4):e244873. . View in PubMed
  • Structural Racism and Use of Labor Neuraxial Analgesia Among Non-Hispanic Black Birthing People Obstet Gynecol. 2024 Apr 01; 143(4):571-581. . View in PubMed
  • Associations between individual and structural level racism and gestational age at birth in the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring mothers-to-be Res Sq. 2024 Jan 30. . View in PubMed
  • State-Level Indicators of Structural Racism and Severe Adverse Maternal Outcomes During Childbirth Matern Child Health J. 2024 Jan; 28(1):165-176. . View in PubMed
  • Effects of a Mentoring Program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and First-Generation Public Health Students Public Health Rep. 2023 Jul 05; 333549231181346. . View in PubMed
  • Legislating Inequity: Structural Racism In Groups Of State Laws And Associations With Premature Mortality Rates Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 10; 42(10):1325-1333. . View in PubMed
  • Disruptions in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Service Delivery for Immigrants During COVID-19 Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2023; 4(1):319-327. . View in PubMed
  • The role of legal status and uncertainty in the reproductive aspirations of 15 and second generation Mexican-origin immigrant young women: An exploratory study. J Migr Health. 2023; 7:100156. . View in PubMed
  • Racism and health care: Experiences of Latinx immigrant women in NYC during COVID-19 SSM Qual Res Health. 2022 Dec; 2:100094. . View in PubMed
  • Publicly-Funded Services Providing Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Healthcare to Immigrant Women in the United States: A Systematic Review J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Jun; 24(3):759-778. . View in PubMed
  • Abortion Criminalization: A Public Health Crisis Rooted in White Supremacy Am J Public Health. 2022 11; 112(11):1662-1667. . View in PubMed
  • Nurse workforce diversity and reduced risk of severe adverse maternal outcomes Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2022 09; 4(5):100689. . View in PubMed
  • COVID-19 and gender-based violence service provision in the United States PLoS One. 2022; 17(2):e0263970. . View in PubMed
  • Reproductive justice in the time of COVID-19: a systematic review of the indirect impacts of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health Reprod Health. 2021 Dec 20; 18(1):252. . View in PubMed
  • Measuring structural xenophobia: US State immigration policy climates over ten years SSM Popul Health. 2021 Dec; 16:100938. . View in PubMed
  • State-level structural sexism and cesarean sections in the United States Soc Sci Med. 2021 11; 289:114406. . View in PubMed
  • ‘Scrambling to figure out what to do’: a mixed method analysis of COVID-19’s impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2021 10; 47(4):e16. . View in PubMed
  • Leave no one behind: ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugee and displaced populations Nat Med. 2021 05; 27(5):747-749. . View in PubMed
  • Unmasking power as foundational to research on sexual and reproductive health and rights BMJ Glob Health. 2021 04; 6(4). . View in PubMed
  • Coming back and moving backwards: return migration and gender norms in Egypt J Ethn Migr Stud. 2021; 47(5):1103-1118. . View in PubMed
  • The Muslim Ban and preterm birth: Analysis of US. vital statistics data from 2009 to 2018. Soc Sci Med. 2020 11; 265:113544. . View in PubMed
  • Racial and Citizenship Disparities in Health Care Among Middle Eastern Americans Med Care. 2020 11; 58(11):974-980. . View in PubMed
  • COVID-19 and Immigrants’ Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in the United States Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2020 07; 52(2):69-73. . View in PubMed
  • COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and lessons learned from past epidemics Nat Med. 2020 05; 26(5):647-648. . View in PubMed
  • ‘He supported me 100%’: Mexican-immigrant fathers, daughters, and adolescent sexual health Ethn Health. 2020 05; 25(4):560-579. . View in PubMed
  • Emotions and decision rightness over five years following an abortion: An examination of decision difficulty and abortion stigma Soc Sci Med. 2020 03; 248:112704. . View in PubMed
  • Variations in Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act Among Different Immigrant Groups J Community Health. 2020 02; 45(1):30-40. . View in PubMed
  • Pregnancy preferences and contraceptive use among US women Contraception. 2020 02; 101(2):79-85. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence of Self-Managed Abortion Among Women of Reproductive Age in the United States JAMA Netw Open. 2020 12 01; 3(12):e2029245. . View in PubMed
  • Centring sexual and reproductive health and justice in the global COVID-19 response Lancet. 2020 04 11; 395(10231):1175-1177. . View in PubMed
  • Women’s empowerment in Egypt: the reliability of a complex construct Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2019 Dec; 27(1):1586816. . View in PubMed
  • Education and fertility in Egypt: Mediation by women’s empowerment SSM Popul Health. 2019 Dec; 9:100488. . View in PubMed
  • Socioeconomic Status and the Physical and Mental Health of Arab and Chaldean Americans in Michigan J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Jun; 21(3):497-507. . View in PubMed
  • Parental Gender Expectations by Socioeconomic Status and Nativity: Implications for Contraceptive Use Sex Roles. 2018 May; 78(9-10):669-684. . View in PubMed
  • Islamophobia, Health, and Public Health: A Systematic Literature Review Am J Public Health. 2018 06; 108(6):e1-e9. . View in PubMed
  • Women’s empowerment and short- and long-acting contraceptive method use in Egypt Cult Health Sex. 2018 04; 20(4):458-473. . View in PubMed
  • Longitudinal Determinants of Married Women’s Autonomy in Egypt Gend Place Cult. 2018; 25(6):799-820. . View in PubMed
  • Pharmacy Provision of Medication Abortion in Nepal: Pharmacy Owner and Worker Perspectives Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 09 01; 44(3):81-89. . View in PubMed
  • First birth and the trajectory of women’s empowerment in Egypt BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Nov 08; 17(Suppl 2):362. . View in PubMed
  • Women’s Agency and Fertility: Recent Evidence from Egypt Popul Res Policy Rev. 2017 Aug; 36(4):561-582. . View in PubMed
  • Syrian Refugee Women’s Health in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan and Recommendations for Improved Practice World Med Health Policy. 2017 Jun; 9(2):255-274. . View in PubMed
  • Social Determinants of Health, Violent Radicalization, and Terrorism: A Public Health Perspective Health Equity. 2017; 1(1):87-95. . View in PubMed
  • Morbidity and nutrition status of rural drug-naïve Kenyan women living with HIV Afr J AIDS Res. 2016 Sep; 15(3):283-91. . View in PubMed
  • Cross-border ties and Arab American mental health Soc Sci Med. 2016 Apr; 155:93-101. . View in PubMed
  • Risky sexual behavior of foreign and native-born women in emerging adulthood: The long reach of mother-daughter relationships in adolescence Soc Sci Res. 2016 11; 60:222-235. . View in PubMed
  • Islamophobia and Public Health in the United States Am J Public Health. 2016 11; 106(11):1920-1925. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of breast cancer knowledge and attitudes on screening and early detection among an immigrant Iranian population in southern California J Relig Health. 2014 Dec; 53(6):1759-69. . View in PubMed
  • Breast cancer screening among females in Iran and recommendations for improved practice: a review Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2011; 12(7):1647-55. . View in PubMed