Katy Bartelma, Critical Thinking and Writing Instructor
Katy Bartelma is an instructor at New York University Abu Dhabi, where she teaches about the US Supreme Court’s treatment of the relationship between government and religion in cooperation with NYU President Emeritus John Sexton. In addition, she teaches critical thinking and writing for the NYUAD Summer Academy. Before moving to the UAE in 2014, Katy served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, representing the government in civil litigation, trade disputes, and appeals. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she completed clerkships for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Katy received her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA in history from Harvard University.
Rachel Jamison, Critical Thinking and Writing Instructor
Rachel is a faculty member at NYUAD teaching in Legal Studies and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Community Programs. For Summer Academy, she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing. She also coaches NYUAD's competitive debate team. She previously taught legal research and human rights law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, for two years. Prior to that, she worked for human rights NGOs in Washington DC, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. She holds a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in history from the University of Minnesota.
Jonathan Marsh, Critical Thinking and Writing Instructor
As a member of the first team of employees on the NYUAD campus, Jonathan has served the student community in a variety of academic and residential life roles: Graduate Resident Assistant, Senior Global Academic Fellow, Academic Resource Center tutor, teaching assistant, and English proficiency assessment consultant for Admissions' Candidate Weekend process. As a member of the NYUAD Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs' team, he has worked with the New York-based office staff to support alumni programming and academics at NYU New York, served as Instructor in the SMSP Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing course, supported Executive Director Diane Yu in her work across NYU's global network, and assisted Summer Academy students with English and Critical Thinking and Writing coursework and individual support as well as college advising and counseling. Jonathan earned his Bachelor's degree in film from NYU and his Master's in mental health counseling from NYU Steinhardt.
Dharini Parthasarathy, Academic and Student Affairs Specialist and Assistant Instructor of Leadership and Public Speaking
Dharini Parthasarathy was born in Abu Dhabi, UAE and lived there until she left to start her undergraduate degree in 2013. In May 2017, she completed a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in mathematics and statistics at Miami University, Ohio. During her stay at Miami University, she worked with the International Student and Scholar Services department, the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering, and the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute. In fall 2017, she started her MA in higher education and student affairs at New York University and a graduate assistantship with the NYUAD Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. In January, 2019, she took up the role of Academic and Student Affairs Specialist for the NYU Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. In that role, she liaises with students and alumni as they prepare applications for undergraduate and graduate schooling, assists with the Leadership and Public Speaking courses, and coordinates with NYU Abu Dhabi to develop programming for the students.
Reem Shraim, Assistant Instructor of Leadership and Public Speaking
Reem is a recent Emirati graduate from Zayed University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in public policy at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. She has also an alumnus just graduated from the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Scholars Program at NYUAD from the 2017-2018 batch. Reem has worked as a research coordinator for an autism study at Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital in Dubai, written articles for Gulf News on special pieces covering psychology related matters in the UAE, and now works as an assistant instructor for leadership and public speaking for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs at NYUAD.
Peter Vining, Critical Thinking and Writing Instructor
Peter Vining is an Instructor of Critical Thinking and Writing at the NYUAD Summer Academy, and is also a PhD candidate in New York University's Department of Politics, where he studies political conflict and violence. Peter's research focuses on the organizational and recruitment tactics of militant groups, as well as strategies for de-radicalization and post-conflict reintegration of former militants. A recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship, Peter completed his MA at Duke University and BS/BA at The Pennsylvania State University.