Social Science

At its core, the multidisciplinary field of Social Science is about people — their individual and collective behaviors and the societies they create. 

The disciplines in this field seek to deepen our understanding of how people behave in a wide variety of contexts and to assess the consequences of individual, group, and societal decisions. Collectively, Social Science seeks to explain and investigate the functioning of society, and address the vast array of pressing contemporary issues that affect individual and societal well-being.

A view of the Abu Dhabi skyline as seen from the Breakwater Corniche.
  • How does our broader environment affect how we develop as individuals and behave collectively in our communities?
  • Why do our societies look the way they do, and why do they differ?
  • What drives pervasive inequality within and across regions, and what policies and institutions affect this?

The breadth of research in Social Science at NYU Abu Dhabi uses data to help historians, economists, NGOs, and governments better understand human behavior — and improve people’s lives.

Hervé Crès, Dean of Social Science, Professor of Economics, NYUAD

A new world is unfolding before our eyes and at a remarkably dramatic pace in the wider region, rendering our presence in Abu Dhabi all the more meaningful.

Dean Hervé Crès

Latest News

Rachel Brulé wins Best Paper in Comparative Politics at MPSA for research on the implications of Meghalaya’s inheritance system.

Rahul Sagar, Global Network Associate Professor of Political Science, participated in the discussions on UAE-India relations at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy.

Quartz has identified Bob AllenGlobal Distinguished Professor of Economic History, as one of 13 economists on the research that shaped our world in 2017

David Cook-Martin recipient of ASA “Distinguished Scholarly Book Award” for his book on Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racial Immigration Policy in the Americas.

Maitha Salem Al Memari, a Social Research and Public Policy major with a minor in Legal Studies and Political Science, selected as 2018 UAE Rhodes Scholar.

Peter Van der Windt recipient of 2016 Annual Bruce Russett Award for his article, Crowdseeding in Eastern Congo: Using Cell Phones to Collect Conflict Events Data in Real Time in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Georgi Derluguian receipient of the Kondratieff Medal from the International N.D. Kondratyev Foundation.

Featured Videos

Social Science Faculty in the Media

Staff bonuses: there is no right way to reward employees
Pablo Hernandez-Lagos, Assistant Professor of Economics
Financial Times | April 04, 2018

When does Russian propaganda work — and when does it backfire? Here’s what we found.
Leonid Peisakhin, Assistant Professor of Political Science
The Washington Post | April 03, 2018

Welcome to Umbrella Town
Robert Allen, Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History, Social Science
BBC World Service | November 30, 2017

American corporations need a wake-up call
Pablo Hernandez-Lagos, Assistant Professor of Economics
The Hill | November 29, 2017

Why are Crimean Tatars so hostile to Russia?
Leonid Peisakhin, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Washington Post | September 5, 2017

Featured Articles

Paula England,Professor of Sociology, NYUAD

National Academy of Sciences

Paula England, Silver Professor of Sociology at NYU New York and an affiliated faculty member at NYUAD, among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates who were elected.

Ghana, West Africa

Policy Influencers

NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are helping to inform policy and improve lives in developing African nations such as Congo, Ghana, and Uganda.

John O'Brien

Author Spotlight

Enthnographer John O'Brien writes a compelling portrait of Muslim American teenage boys.


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