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Program Head of Arab Crossroads, Assistant Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA University of Pennsylvania; PhD Princeton University
Research Areas: forced migration, displacement and immobility, Arab and Indian Ocean world heritage
Nathalie Peutz received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. Her research, based on fieldwork conducted in Yemen, Djibouti, and Somaliland, focuses on forced migration, displacement and immobility, conservation and development, and identity and heritage in the Arab world and the Western Indian Ocean region.
Before coming to New York University Abu Dhabi, Peutz spent a year as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University and a year as a Post-Graduate Associate at the Council of Middle East Studies at Yale University.
Peutz is also the recipient of fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (DDRA), the SSCR-IPFP, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation (Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies), and three grants from the American Institute of Yemeni Studies.
Her publications include Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen (Stanford University Press, 2018); an award-winning, co-edited volume, The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (with Nicholas De Genova, Duke University Press, 2010), and several articles on the transformation of Yemen's Soqotra Archipelago into a World Heritage Site.
Her current project, an ethnographic study of Yemeni migrant and refugee communities in Somaliland and Djibouti, has been funded by an internal award (REF) from NYUAD.