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.

In the News

'True Poems Flee—': A Refugee Poetics or Poetry as Permanently Temporary
Jill Magi writes, "When I look back on my childhood and the people my immigrant father befriended and invited home for dinner after church, I note that many of them were also immigrants."
Poetry Foundation | April 12, 2019 

NEH Announces $28.6 million for 233 Projects Nationwide
NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of History Masha Kirasirova received a grant to write a book on Soviet foreign policy with the Arab Middle East from 1920 to 1990.
National Endowment for the Humanities | March 29, 2019

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 8, 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