History is the study of human experience, characterized by its attention to the local and global contexts in which people live and work, travel and exchange, love, fight, and create. 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. The program emphasizes global connections and organizes its curriculum around four expansive and interconnected zones: the Atlantic, Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Mediterranean Worlds. All history courses address topics and questions applicable to contemporary problems and concerns, from a variety of global perspectives, including: processes of environmental change and efforts at conservation and sustainability; the development of capitalism and its alternatives; the innovation and travel of novel ideas, designs and artistic and literary forms; changing understandings of the body and approaches to public health and medicine; the dynamism and complexity of cities; the origins of war and peace; and more.

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.


The goal of the Minor 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 minor in History is useful preparation for the many professions.

History Faculty

NameRegions | Research Interests
Martin Bowen-SilvaAtlantic World | Latin America; History of Emotions; Communication and Politics; History of the Body; Connected Histories.
Martin Klimke
Atlantic World | U.S. and the World; U.S. Foreign Affairs & Transatlantic Relations; Cold War; Activism, Dissent and Protest Movements; Transnational History.
Fiona KiddIndian Ocean / Asia-Pacific World | Central Asia; Archaeology; Mobile-Sedentary Interactions; Craft Production; Images and the Built Environment; Rank and Status.
Masha KirasirovaMediterranean World and Atlantic World | 20th-Century Middle East; Socialist Internationalism; Soviet Cultural and Political History; Central Asia; Cold War; Orientalism; Transnational History.
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.
Pedro Monaville Atlantic World / Indian Ocean World | History of Africa; Colonial and Postcolonial History; Student Movements; Congo; Colonial Memory
Erin PettigrewAtlantic World / Indian Ocean World | History of Africa; Slavery; Race; Colonialism; Social History of West Africa and the Sahara; Islam; Health and Healing.
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.