Faculty in the Arab Crossroads 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.

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Faculty Program Research Interests Related to Arab Crossroads Studies
Robert Allen Economics Robert Allen's research aims to understand the process of economic growth. Why are some countries rich and others poor? This research is focused on measuring changes in living standards across Europe and Asia between 1600 and 1900, measuring and explaining productivity growth in English agriculture between 1300 and 1800, understanding the origins of modern technology and research and development in the industrial revolution, and studying the impact of imperialism on Asian economic growth between 1870 and 1940.
May Al-Dabbagh Social Research and Public Policy  May Al-Dabbagh's current research projects include: the psychology of globalization; gender and negotiation; and intersections of family formation and women’s work in the Gulf Cooperative Council countries (GCC).
Georgi Derluguian
Social Research and Public Policy Georgi Derluguian has been conducting field research since the 1980’s on various guerrilla movements, revolutions and civil wars in Africa, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. He also studied the social origins of nationalist intellectuals and the politics of market reforms. Derluguian received numerous prestigious awards including Carnegie Scholar of Vision and Norbert Elias Prize. In 2006 the Times Literary Supplement listed Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A Biography in World-Systems Perspective among its Books of the Year.
Andrew J. Eisenberg Music Andrew J. Eisenberg is an ethnomusicologist and sound culture researcher specializing in urban East Africa. He has carried out extensive research on vocal expression and social identity in Mombasa, Kenya, with the support of Fulbright Hays and the Social Science Research Council; and on the recording industry in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the European Research Council “Music, Digitization, Mediation” project.He plays Arabic ‘ud and percussion, having studied and performed with Swahili and Arab musicians in Mombasa, and Palestinian musicians and New York. 
Tarek al-Ghoussein Visual Arts A primary focus of Tarek Al-Ghousseins's studio teaching is developing a strong formal awareness among students and facilitating the ability to manifest ideas in visual form. As a Kuwaiti of Palestinian origin, much of Al-Ghoussein's professional work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss. His work explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture and performance art. Choosing locations much in the same way a film director does, he moves between abstraction and the specific circumstances found in particular places. Relying on subtle interventions and non-invasive interactions, the images consider various aspects of "identity."
Dale Hudson Film and New Media Dale Hudson's research examines film and new media through transnational and postcolonial frameworks, bringing film theory in dialogue with critical race and animal studies. His work appears in Afterimage, American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies, Journal of Film and Video, Screen, Studies in Documentary Film, and among other journals and anthologies, and his reviews in Afterimage, African Studies Review, Jadaliyya, and elsewhere. He is co-author with Patricia R. Zimmermann of Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places.
Masha Kirasirova
History Masha Kirasirova is a historian of exchanges between the Soviet Eurasia and the Middle East. Her work approaches modern Middle Eastern history from a “Second World” perspective. It brings together several hitherto separate scholarly domains: Soviet nationalities policy with regard to the USSR’s Muslim populations; social and cultural history of Stalinism in shaping the experience of Arab communists in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s; cultural exchange with non-communist Arab leftist intellectuals during the Cold War; and the impacts of these exchanges on artistic, bureaucratic, and political practices inside the USSR and on those exported to Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt.
Taneli Kukkonen
Philosophy Tenali Kukonnen's principal research interests lie in the history of Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism, all areas in which he has published widely. He also studies the Aristotelian tradition; late ancient, medieval, and Renaissance thought more generally; and the contemporary philosophy of religion.
Salwa Mikdadi Art and Art History Salwa Mikdadi is an Art Historian and Curator whose work spans over 25 years in the field of Arab art and museums. She is the author and editor of several books and essays on art of the Arab world, and was the curator of the first Palestinian Pavilion for 2009 Venice Biennial.
Lauren Minsky History Lauren Minsky’s research integrates histories of environment, health, medicine, and material religion in the Indian Ocean world, with a past focus on the Punjab and Indus Valley and a current focus on pan-oceanic networks that span the wider region, including the Gulf. Her courses at NYUAD include a core course on Disease and Society and several history electives that include: South Asia in the Indian Ocean world; Islam in the Indian Ocean world; Global Environmental History; and Global History of Medicine.
John O'Brien Social Research and Public Policy John O’Brien is a sociologist whose research and teaching interests include culture, religion, social identity, immigration, ethnicity, and Islam and Muslims. His 2017 book, Keeping it Halal, is the result of a three and a half year ethnographic study of a group of Muslim teenagers coming of age in post-9/11 America.His articles have been published in the journals Social Psychology Quarterly and Contexts, and his paper on Muslim American youth and hip-hop culture was awarded the Best Student Paper Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion. At NYUAD, he teaches courses on Religion and Society, Islam and Society, and Ethnographic Fieldwork. 
Zeynep Ozgen Social Research and Public Policy Zeynep Ozgen has conducted extensive fieldwork in Turkey on religious mobilization, ethnic relations, and minority rights. Her current research project is an ethnographic and historical study of Islamist movements that use official and unofficial religious education sites to implement a quiet, gradual, and remarkably robust project of sociopolitical Islamization in Turkey since the late 1970s. Her other research explored how ethnic boundaries survive despite nationalist and assimilationist state policies. An article from this research, “Maintaining ethnic boundaries in “non-ethnic” contexts: constructivist theory and the sexual reproduction of diversity” appeared in Theory and Society (2015). She has previously held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays/IIE, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Council for European Studies.
Maurice Pomerantz Literature and Creative Writing Maurice Pomerantz’s research focuses on Arabic literature, literary performance, and comparative approaches to the study of premodern literatures. He is particularly interested in exploring the ways that economics, politics, and geography inform the reading of literary texts. Prior to his appointment at NYUAD, he taught for four years in the department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) at NYU New York.
Denise-Marie Tecce Art and Art History Denise-Marie Tecce is interested in the study of art produced during the Qara Quyunlu, Aq Quyunlu and early Safavid periods, with a special focus on families of artists active in western Persia.  Her investigations also explore the role of religious institutions as the patrons of and loci for manuscript production, and the visual/textual content of anthological manuscripts. Prior to joining NYU in Abu Dhabi, she worked for seven years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in the Department of Islamic Art, and served as a curatorial consultant to the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. She has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles.