Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi encompass fields of central importance to human culture and creativity. Research and scholarly activity in the Arts and Humanities is creative and collaborative, spanning the disciplines to better understand the human experience through works of art and literature.

Featured Research

Moving Stories

Sociologists and other researchers have moved to NYU Abu Dhabi to study other migrants.

This is Us

Together, we can gain better insight into human nature.

Recent Media Coverage

Why language is so important to cultural diversity
Ever since he first met people from the Gulf in his student days, Nasser Isleem, a senior Arabic language lecturer at NYUAD, has been fascinated by how languages can splinter and evolve.
Abu Dhabi World | January 09, 2019

Critically Acclaimed Play 'Noura' Puts Iraqi Refugee Experience On Stage
A playwright draws on Iraqi refugees' experiences in a writers workshop to craft a work that translates the flight from war for American audiences.
Morning Edition, NPR | January 2, 2019

Rodrigo Duterte is leading a new kind of dictatorship
The Philippines is Asia’s oldest democracy, but for generations, its democratic mechanisms have been hijacked by those seeking to impose their will. 
The Globe and Mail | December 08, 2018


Students explore fundamental questions of human thought, cultural values, and modes of expression, and they develop their own creative capacities as scholars, writers, and artists in a variety of media.

Arts and Humanities Programs