Luma Simms

Luma Simms




Luma Simms, a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies the life and thought of immigrants. As a humanist writer, she publishes on a broad range of topics, with a focus on the human (individual and communal), ethical, religious, and philosophical dimensions of immigration. She is particularly concerned with the crisis of rootlessness, identity, and dehumanization.

Mrs. Simms’s essays, articles, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications including National Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The Point magazine, Public Discourse, Law and Liberty, the Institute for Family Studies, and others. She has been interviewed on Arabic television and American and Canadian radio on topics such as religious freedom in the Middle East, Congress and DACA, immigration and the Middle East, divorce, parenting, and elder care in Eastern cultures. Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Simms was an Associate Fellow at The Philos Project where her research and writing focused on a Christian presence in the Middle East, anti-Semitism, and immigrant life and thought.

Some of Mrs. Simms’s notable essays include Identity and Assimilation at National Affairs; Immigration and the Desire for Rootedness at Public Discourse; I Am My Enemy: A Naturalized American Finds Herself at War with Her Homeland at Plough Magazine; and Thinking Is Self-Emptying at The Point magazine.

Her background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She studied law at Chapman University School of Law before leaving to become an at-home mom. Mrs. Simms was born in Baghdad, Iraq; her parents and ancestors are from Mosul, and she speaks Arabic with a Moslawi dialect.

A Spiritual Clash

Published in Law and Liberty on May 19, 2021

The Heart of Progress

Published in The University Bookman on March 28, 2021

Dining Tables as Battering Rams

Published in Philos Project on March 17, 2021

The Pursuit of Home

Published in Law and Liberty on December 30, 2020

Thinking Is Self-Emptying

Published in The Point on November 30, 2020

The Secret Desire for Barrenness

Published in Breaking Ground on October 8, 2020

People and Their Relationships

Published in Public Discourse on March 12, 2020

Persecution, True and False

Published in Law and Liberty on December 23, 2019

Iran’s Revolution Reconsidered

Published in Law and Liberty on February 20, 2019

The Soul’s Need for Rootedness

Published in Law and Liberty on October 9, 2018

We Will Not Yield

Published in First Things on September 11, 2018

Fathers, Help Us

Published in First Things on August 21, 2018

The Road to Iranian Democracy

Published in Law and Liberty on April 9, 2018