Faculty

Faculty in the African Studies Program at NYU Abu Dhabi come from all over the world with a wide range of teaching and research interests. You will find biographies, course listings, research and publications, and contact information on each faculty member's individual profile.

  • Awam Amkpa, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Program Head of Film and New Media, Professor of Drama, Social and Cultural Analysis Affiliation: NYU New York
    Email: aa67@nyu.edu
    Education: BA Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife); MA Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria); PhD Bristol University

    Research Interests: modernisms in film and theater, postcolonial film and theater, Black Atlantic films and theater, vis...

  • Samuel Mark Anderson, Lecturer Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: sma326@nyu.edu
    Education: BA University of Washington; MA New York University; PhD University of California Los Angeles

    Research Interests: visual ethnography; aesthetics; politics; performance; media; postcolonial theory; violence; war; hu...

  • Andrew J. Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of Music Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: aje2000@nyu.edu
    Education: BMus New York University; MA, PhD Columbia University

    Research Interests: African Studies, Anthropology, Arab Music Studies, Music

  • Morgan Hardy, Assistant Professor of Economics Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: morgan.hardy@nyu.edu
    Education: BA Columbia University; PhD Brown University

    Research Interests: Development economics; Firms; Labor markets; Social networks

  • Jonathan Andrew Harris, Assistant Professor of Political Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: jah26@nyu.edu
    Education: PhD in Government, Harvard University

    Research Interests: Institutions and political behavior in Africa

  • Deborah Kapchan, Professor Affiliation: NYU New York
    Email: deborah.kapchan@nyu.edu
    Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania; MA, Ohio Unviersity, BA New York University

    Research Interests: North Africa, sound, narrative, translation theory, genre theory, ethnography, phenomenology and poe...

  • Martin Klimke, Vice Provost for Academic Policies and Governance; Acting Program Head of Literature & Creative Writing; Associate Professor of History Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: klimke@nyu.edu
    Education: MA, PhD University of Heidelberg

    Research Interests: intersections of political and cultural, diplomatic, and transnational history, 20th century US-Euro...

  • Pedro Monaville, Assistant Professor of History Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: pm1070@nyu.edu
    Education: BA Université de Liège; MA European University Institute; PhD University of Michigan

    Research Interests: modern Africa, decolonization, political imagination, youth movements, higher education, state viole...

  • Yaw Nyarko, Professor of Economics Affiliation: NYU New York
    Email: yn1@nyu.edu
    Education: BA University of Ghana; MA and PhD Cornell University

    Research Interests: Human capital; Economic growth

  • Erin Pettigrew, Assistant Professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: erin.pettigrew@nyu.edu
    Education: BA Hollins University; MA University of California Los Angeles; PhD Stanford University

    Research Interests: 19th and 20th century West Africa, histories of Islam, race, and healing

  • Nathalie Peutz, Associate Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: npeutz@nyu.edu
    Education: PhD Princeton University

    Research Interests: forced migration and displacement; mobility and immobility; conservation and development; identity a...

  • Melina Platas, Assistant Professor of Political Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: mrp335@nyu.edu
    Education: PhD Political Science, Stanford University; BA in Human Biology, Stanford University

    Research Interests: comparative political and human development in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Peter Cornelis van der Windt, Assistant Professor of Political Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
    Email: petervanderwindt@nyu.edu
    Education: PhD Columbia University; MPhil(cum laude) Tilburg University

    Research Interests: Political economy of development in conflict-prone areas of Africa