Ceema Samimi

Ceema Samimi

PhD Student

  • Doctoral Students
  • Graduate School of Social Work


children and youth, community organizing and community development, criminal justice, marginalized populations, public policy, race and ethnicity, racial justice, social justice

Professional Biography

Ceema Samimi is a doctoral student at the University of Denver with research interests in alternatives to incarceration and restorative justice as a tool for positive youth development, youth voice and inter-generational collaboration, especially with systems-involved youth. She is specifically interested in how policies and structures of youth-serving organizations are influenced by legacies of colonization. Samimi earned her MPA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and MSSW at Columbia University.


  • MSW, Columbia University
  • Master of Public Administration, City University of New York John Jay College