Erin Pettigrew, Assistant Professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies
Nathalie Peutz, Assistant Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies
Justin Stearns, Associate Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies; Head of Arab Crossroads Studies Program
Robert Allen, Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History
Research Interests: Bob’s research aims to understand the process of economic growth. Why are some countries rich and others poor? This research is focused on measuring changes in living standards across Europe and Asia between 1600 and 1900, measuring and explaining productivity growth in English agriculture between 1300 and 1800, understanding the origins of modern technology and research and development in the industrial revolution, and studying the impact of imperialism on Asian economic growth between 1870 and 1940.
May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
Georgi Derluguian, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
Research Interests: Georgi Derluguian has been conducting field research since the 1980’s on various guerrilla movements, revolutions and civil wars in Africa, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. He also studied the social origins of nationalist intellectuals and the politics of market reforms. Derluguian received numerous prestigious awards including Carnegie Scholar of Vision and Norbert Elias Prize.
In 2006 the Times Literary Supplement listed among the Books of the Year his monograph Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A Biography in World-Systems Perspective.
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Andrew J. Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of Music
Research Interests: Andrew J. Eisenberg is an ethnomusicologist and sound culture researcher specializing in urban East Africa. He has carried out extensive research on vocal expression and social identity in Mombasa, Kenya, with the support of Fulbright Hays and the Social Science Research Council; and on the recording industry in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the European Research Council “Music, Digitization, Mediation” project.
He plays Arabic ‘ud and percussion, having studied and performed with Swahili and Arab musicians in Mombasa, and Palestinian musicians and New York.
Tarek al-Ghoussein, Arts Professor of Visual Arts
Research Interests: Tarek Al-Ghoussein is an artist and Professor of Visual Art. A primary focus of Al-Ghousseins's studio teaching is developing a strong formal awareness among students and facilitating the ability to manifest ideas in visual form.
As a Kuwaiti of Palestinian origin, much of Al-Ghoussein's professional work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss. His work explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture and performance art. Choosing locations much in the same way a film director does, he moves between abstraction and the specific circumstances found in particular places. Relying on subtle interventions and non-invasive interactions, the images consider various aspects of "identity."
Dale Hudson, Associate Teaching Professor of Film and New Media and Curator of Film and New Media
Research Interests: Dale Hudson's research examines film and new media through transnational and postcolonial frameworks, bringing film theory in dialogue with critical race and animal studies. His work appears in Afterimage, American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies, Journal of Film and Video, Screen, Studies in Documentary Film, and among other journals and anthologies, and his reviews in Afterimage, African Studies Review, Jadaliyya, and elsewhere. He is co-author with Patricia R. Zimmermann of Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (forthcoming in 2015).
Philip Kennedy, Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies, Vice Provost of Public Programming for the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Research Interests: In addition to his role as Vice Provost of Public Programming for the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, Kennedy is also an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature.
As author or editor, Kennedy has published many writings on Arabic literature, including The Wine Song in Classical Arabic Poetry: Abu Nuwas and the Literary Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997); Abu Nuwas: A Genius of Poetry (Oxford: Oneworld 2005 — in the series Makers of the Muslim World); On Fiction and Adab in Medieval Arabic Literature (Harrassowitz Verlag 2004 — in the series Studies in Arabic Language and Literature); and Islamic Reflections, Arabic Musings (co-editor with Robert Hoyland, Oxford: Oxbow for the E.J.W. Gibb Memorial Trust Series 2004).
Masha Kirasirova, Faculty Fellow (History Program)
Research Interests: Masha Kirasirova is a historian of exchanges between the Soviet Eurasia and the Middle East. Her work approaches modern Middle Eastern history from a “Second World” perspective. It brings together several hitherto separate scholarly domains: Soviet nationalities policy with regard to the USSR’s Muslim populations; social and cultural history of Stalinism in shaping the experience of Arab communists in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s; cultural exchange with non-communist Arab leftist intellectuals during the Cold War; and the impacts of these exchanges on artistic, bureaucratic, and political practices inside the USSR and on those exported to Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt.
Taneli Kukkonen, Professor of Philosophy
Research Interests: Professor Kukonnen's principal research interests lie in the history of Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism, all areas in which he has published widely. He also studies the Aristotelian tradition; late ancient, medieval, and Renaissance thought more generally; and the contemporary philosophy of religion.
Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor Practice of Art History
Research Interests: Salwa Mikdadi is an Art Historian and Curator whose work spans over twenty-five years in the field of Arab art and museums. She is the author and editor of several books and essays on art of the Arab world, and was the curator of the first Palestinian Pavilion for 2009 Venice Biennial.
Lauren Minsky, Assistant Professor of History
Research Interests: Minsky’s research integrates histories of environment, health, medicine, and material religion in the Indian Ocean world, with a past focus on the Punjab and Indus Valley and a current focus on pan-oceanic networks that span the wider region, including the Gulf. Her courses at NYUAD include a core course on Disease and Society and several history electives that include: South Asia in the Indian Ocean world; Islam in the Indian Ocean world; Global Environmental History; and Global History of Medicine.
John O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
Research Interests: John O’Brien is a sociologist whose research and teaching interests include culture, religion, social identity, immigration, ethnicity, and Islam and Muslims. His current research project is a three and a half year ethnographic study of a group of Muslim teenagers coming of age in post-9/11 America.
His articles have been published in the journals Social Psychology Quarterly and Contexts, and his paper on Muslim American youth and hip-hop culture was recently awarded the Best Student Paper Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion. At NYUAD, he teaches courses on Religion and Society, Islam and Society, and Ethnographic Fieldwork.
Zeynep Ozgen, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
Research Interests: social movements, culture, religion, ethnicity, social theory, and the Middle East. Zeynep Ozgen has conducted extensive fieldwork in Turkey on religious mobilization, ethnic relations, and minority rights. Her current research project is an ethnographic and historical study of Islamist movements that use official and unofficial religious education sites to implement a quiet, gradual, and remarkably robust project of sociopolitical Islamization in Turkey since the late 1970s. Her other research explored how ethnic boundaries survive despite nationalist and assimilationist state policies. An article from this research, “Maintaining ethnic boundaries in “non-ethnic” contexts: constructivist theory and the sexual reproduction of diversity” appeared in Theory and Society (2015). She has previously held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays/IIE, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Council for European Studies.
Maurice Pomerantz, Assistant Professor of Literature
Research Interests: Maurice Pomerantz’s research focuses on Arabic literature, literary performance, and comparative approaches to the study of premodern literatures. He is particularly interested in exploring the ways that economics, politics, and geography inform the reading of literary texts. Prior to his appointment at NYUAD, he taught for four years in the department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) at NYUNY.
Denise-Marie Tecce, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
Research Interests: the study of art produced during the Qara Quyunlu, Aq Quyunlu and early Safavid periods, with a special focus on families of artists active in western Persia. Denise-Marie Tecce's investigations also explore the role of religious institutions as the patrons of and loci for manuscript production, and the visual/textual content of anthological manuscripts. Prior to joining NYU in Abu Dhabi, she worked for seven years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in the Department of Islamic Art, and served as a curatorial consultant to the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. She has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles.
Rana Tomaira, Research Scientist and Lecturer
Research Interests: After practicing architecture for several years, I obtained a PhD from UC Berkeley in city and regional planning. My research focuses on development policies and practices in the Arab world. I have conducted research in Jordan on reform policies in the water, telecommunications, and electricity sectors. My current research involves looking at education policy and the role of Arabic language in education in Arab countries, using examples from the Gulf States and Jordan. Beyond this, I am interested in studying the transformation of philanthropy in Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 war. At NYUAD I teach a course on social change and development in the Arab world.