Divisional Deans

Arts and Humanities

Awam Amkpa

Dean of Arts and Humanities


Awam Amkpa is the Dean of Arts and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi. Awam is an accomplished and world-renowned theater scholar and practitioner-director, playwright and actor, filmmaker and curator of visual and performing arts. He is a professor of Drama and Cultural Theory at the departments of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts and Social and Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University and of Film and New Media at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Awam received his BA in Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University and his MA in Drama at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, and completed his PhD in Drama at the University of Bristol in the UK. Before coming to NYU, Awam was a Senior Lecturer of Drama and Television at King Alfred’s University College in Winchester, England, and Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at Mount Holyoke College in the US.

He is the author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires, the Look-book Archetypes, Stereotypes and Polytypes: Theaters of the Black Atlantic, art catalogs ReSignifications, Africa: See You, See Me; AfroEuropa:Incontri, and several articles in books and journals on modernisms in theater, postcolonial theater, Black Atlantic studies, and film studies. Additionally, he was the director of film documentaries including Winds Against Our Souls, It's All About Downtown, National Images and Transnational Desires, A Very, Very Short Story of Nollywood, wole Soyinka: A Humanist Ode For Chibok, and feature film Wazobia!. As an interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Awam continues to curate and exhibit globally, make films, work in performance art and present his multifaceted scholarship in venues across the world.


Samer Madanat

Dean of Engineering


Samer Madanat is the Xenel Distinguished Professor of Engineering, former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and former Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.​ ​

Samer received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and an MS and PhD in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.

His research and teaching interests are in the area of transportation infrastructure management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance, the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty, and developing solutions for improving the sustainability of transportation systems.


Marta Losada

Dean of Science


Marta Losada is a Professor of Physics and the Dean of Science at NYU Abu Dhabi. Specializing in high energy particle physics, with a focus on the interplay of elementary particle phenomenology and cosmology and experimental HEP, Marta has been a member of multiple international collaboration projects, including the ATLAS, DUNE and NEXT Experiments. She received her undergraduate degree and an MSc in Physics from The National University of Colombia, and a PhD in Physics from Rutgers University in the United States. From 1997-1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland.

Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Marta served as President of Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN) in Colombia from 2010-2018, and was previously National Director for Research, and Director of The Basic and Applied Science Research Center, also at UAN. In addition to her research, Marta is passionate about higher education and research policy and has held numerous positions in the field. She is currently International Councilor for the American Physical Society and a Board Member of the International Association of Universities. She has been a scientific consultant for the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

Social Science

Paula England

Dean of Social Science


Paula England is Dean of Social Science at NYU Abu Dhabi. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research at NYU Shanghai and previously held the position of Silver Professor of Arts and Sciences at NYU New York. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and has held previous professorships at the University of Texas-Dallas, University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and Stanford University.

Paula’s previous leadership experience includes the Directorship of Women’s Studies and the Alice Paul Research Center at University of Pennsylvania, and chairing the NYU Department of Sociology. She has also served as President of the American Sociological Association (2014-2015) and Editor of the American Sociological Review.

Paula’s research focuses on the gender gap in pay, occupational segregation, how couples divide housework, the wage penalty for motherhood, and how relationship and family patterns are changing. She is the author of two books, Households, Employment, and Gender: A Social, Economic, and Demographic View, and Comparable Worth: Theories and Evidence. She is also the author of many articles, published in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, PNAS, and elsewhere. In addition to awards for her research from the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America, Paula was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2018.