Author: Luma Simms

Luma Simms

Luma Simms is an associate fellow of the Philos Project. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq, her parents and ancestors are from Mosul, and she speaks Arabic with a Moslawi dialect. Simms’ writing focuses on culture, family, philosophy, politics, religion and the life and thought of immigrants. Her work has appeared in First Things, Public Discourse, The Federalist and many others. Her educational 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 a stay-at-home mom. At Chapman Law, she worked for The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence as a research assistant to Dr. John Eastman. She has also clerked for Superior Court Judge James Gray of Orange County, Calif. Her greatest loves are political philosophy and theology. She longs for political and cultural peace in the land of her heritage, Iraq.


The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part Three)

By Luma Simms Thursday, June 8, 2017

In the third installment of the Immigration & Identity series, we take a look at the good and the ill that globalization has wrought.


The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part Two)

By Luma Simms Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Jewish people have always known who they were. To this day, they have kept their sense of selfhood, a trait we would all do well to emulate.

The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part One)

By Luma Simms Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Immigration has become one of the most contentious issues in America. Why are immigrants not melting in? The answer is that we have an identity problem.


The Immigrant Mind: How Do Middle Eastern Immigrants Feel About the Situation in Syria and the Coptic Church Bombing?

By Luma Simms Monday, April 10, 2017

A Middle Eastern Christian immigrant weighs in on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s flawed government and the Islamic State’s bombing in Egypt.


A Glimpse Inside ‘The Immigrant Mind’

By Luma Simms Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An introduction to a new Philos Project column, “The Immigrant Mind,” from Luma Simms, who fled to America from her homeland of Iraq.


The Immigrant Mind: Anti-Semitism is Stealth Anti-Democracy Part II

By Luma Simms Monday, March 13, 2017

One can expect an increase in anti-Semitism whenever the convictions of true equality crumble. Our country is not immune from this twisted philosophy.


The Immigrant Mind: Anti-Semitism is Stealth Anti-Liberal Democracy: Part I

By Luma Simms Thursday, March 9, 2017

“Anti-Semitism in all its forms … is an anti-liberal movement, one that explicitly defines liberalism as a Jewish conspiracy.”

Foreign Aid

The Immigrant Mind: How America Has Used a Religious Test to Avoid Giving Aid to Displaced Iraqi Christians

By Luma Simms Monday, February 20, 2017

If America wants no religious distinction to qualify for aid, then why use one to penalize the group most in need of help? Why do we support those who discriminate based on religion?


The Immigrant Mind: Middle Eastern Christians Feel Betrayed By American Christians

By Luma Simms Monday, February 6, 2017

Many American Christians are betraying their Middle Eastern brothers and sisters by their outraged and misguided responses to Trump’s executive order.


The Immigrant Mind: Populist Movements: Are They Inherently Harmful?

By Luma Simms Friday, January 20, 2017

Unfortunately, populist movements have today become identified with the tyranny of the majority, and are treated as inherently faulty.