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

Playwright Abhishek Majumdar talks Kashmir and extremism
In society, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, be curious and forge new questions — the singular power that states fear.
Gulf News Asia | September 03, 2019

Finding stories at home and around the world
Twenty-five year-old Joey Bui speaks with a slight American twang, though she assures me with a laugh that she’s been trying to shake it off by watching local TV shows to refamiliarise herself with the vernacular drawl. The Australian-Vietnamese writer is back home in Melbourne for a month in the lead-up to her debut book, Lucky Ticket
Sydney Morning Herald | August 31, 2019

This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg
Biohackers inserted a device—a hard drive plus router—into their legs. They say it could improve data security, but it also raises knotty legal issues.
Wired | August 30, 2019

Fung Global Fellows to focus on ‘Thinking Global’
Sophia Kalantzakos and five scholars from around the world come to Princeton University this fall to begin a year of research, writing and collaboration as the seventh cohort of Fung Global Fellows.
Princeton University | June 19, 2019

UAE academics reconstructing 'revolutionary' Bronze Age boat
Using historical sources, university lecturers and students are piecing together a reconstruction of a primitive ship that caused a trade revolution in the Arabian Gulf.
The National | April 28, 2019

Tishani Doshi on her journey from poetry to novels
I think all my characters have something of me in them: Tishani Doshi.
The Telegraph | April 27, 2019

NYUAD professor Philip Kennedy on winning a Sheikh Zayed Book Award: 'I thought I was dreaming'
The NYU Abu Dhabi professor on winning a Sheikh Zayed Book Award and why he now considers Abu Dhabi home.
The National | April 25, 2019


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