History is the study of human experience, considered in relation to time and place.  It is also a method of thinking characterized by its attention to the contexts in which people live and work.  Students of history enter into an exciting world of debates about how best to understand past human experience – cultural, social, economic, and political – and the implications of different historical understandings for the present.  Rethinking and revising accepted historical conclusions is one of the most important and compelling tasks of the historian.

Major In History

The History major at NYUAD is designed to rethink and revise conventional features of the discipline. Students select from a range of courses that are roughly commensurate with global human experience. They also pursue historical study across a range of chronological and geographical scales — from short to long durées; and from globally thematic courses that explore connections and comparisons among world regions, to regionally focused courses that offer an in-depth exploration of four long-standing zones of human interaction and imagination.

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History course trip to India


The capstone project in History represents the culmination of your work in the History major. It is a substantial piece of written scholarship that enables you to explore an historical topic that is of particular interest to you and to make a scholarly contribution..

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The goal of the concentration in History is to provide students with both a foundation of historical knowledge and a familiarity with the sources and methods on which historians draw. The concentration in History is useful preparation for the many professions.

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History Faculty

NameRegions | Research Interests
Martin Klimke
Atlantic World | U.S. and the World; U.S. Foreign Affairs & Transatlantic Relations; Cold War; Activism, Dissent and Protest Movements; Transnational History.
Masha KirasirovaMediterranean World and Atlantic World | 20th-Century Middle East; Socialist Internationalism; Soviet Cultural and Political History; Central Asia; Cold War; Orientalism; Transnational History
Pascal Menoret
Mediterranean and Indian Ocean World | Modern Middle East; Saudi Arabia; Urbanism; Social Anthropology; Resistance and Protest Movements.
Amir Minsky
Atlantic World | Germany; Modern European intellectual history; Global French Revolution; History of Emotions.
Lauren Minsky
Indian Ocean World | South Asia; Environmental History; Medical History.
Nadine Roth
Atlantic and Mediterranean World | Modern Europe; Urbanism.
Justin Stearns
Mediterranean World | Islamic History; Al-Andalus; Medieval and Early Modern Thought; History of Science; Religous Studies.
Mark Swislocki
Asia-Pacific World | China; cultural history, environmental history, minority peoples of China.

News & Events Spring 2014

January 16, 2014
NYUAD Institute Lecture, "Life on the Baynunah River: Abu Dhabi 7 Million Years Ago” (Faysal Bibi, Natural History Museum, Berlin)

February 2, 2014
NYUAD Institute Lecture, "The Transformation of Civil Wars, 1800-2010" (Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University)

February 4, 2014
Research Seminar, "'Arab' Communists, Stalinist Subjects: Student Life in Moscow, 1922-33" (Masha Kirasirova, NYUAD)

February 11, 2014
Research Seminar, "Positionality and Perspective: Promises and Challenges of Global History," (Sebastian Conrad, FU Berlin)

February 12, 2014
Globalizing Histories Lecture Series, "The Enlightenment in Global History," (Sebastian Conrad, FU Berlin)

February 13, 2014
NYUAD Institute Lecture, "The UAE in Early Islamic History" (Tim Power, Zayed University)

March 2, 2014
Research Seminar, "To the Heart of Europe: War, Occupation, and the Americanist Moment" (George Blaustein, University of Amsterdam)

March 4, 2014
Research Seminar, "Jihad or Ijtihad: Religious Orthodoxy and Modern Science in Contemporary Islam," (S. Irfan Habib, National University of Educational Planning and Education, New Delhi)

March 9, 2014
Globalizing Histories Lecture Series, "A Global History of the African Diaspora," (Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh) | Register

March 11, 2014
Research Seminar, "Big Data in History: Creating a World-Historical Archive" (Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh)

March 19-20, 2014
Workshop, “Navigating Deterrence: Law, Strategy, and Security in the 21st Century,” convened by Samuel Rascoff, Zachary Goldman, Sarvenaz Bakhtiar, and Alyson Zureick, Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law) | Description

March 31-April 2, 2014
Conference, "How Migration Makes Meaning: Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans,” convened by Awam Amkpa (NYUNY), Gunja SenGupta (Brooklyn College/CUNY) | Description

April 1, 2014
NYUAD Institute Panel Discussion, "Oceans in Literary Imagination and Historical Consciousness," (Sugata Bose, Harvard University; Caryl Phillips, Yale University) | Register

April 8, 2014
Research Seminar, " Reflections on 1591 and 2013 in Songhay and Mali" (Lansine Kaba, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)

April 14, 2014
Globalizing Histories Lecture Series, "Putting Global Intellectual History in its Place" (Janaki Bakhle, Columbia University)

April 15, 2014
Research Seminar, "Rethinking the Boundaries of Indian Intellectual History: Poetry as Archive in the Work of Savarkar" (Janaki Bakhle, Columbia University)

April 29, 2014
Research Seminar, "Women’s Groups in East Germany – Knitting Groups, Feminists, Troublemakers?" (Susanne Kranz, Zayed University, Dubai)

May 13, 2014
Research Seminar, "The Greek War of Independence and the Birth of the Clash of Civilizations Theory, 1821-1830" (Karine Walther, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University)

May 15-16, 2014
Workshop, "The Peripheries of World War I: New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives," convened by Valerie Deacon (NYUNY), Martin Klimke (NYUAD), Andrew Patrick (Tennessee State University) | Call for Papers