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.
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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.
- 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.
Leonid Peisakhin awarded the 2018 Gregory Luebbert Best Article Award from the APSA’s Comparative Politics Section on the paper 'The Legacy of Political Violence Across Generations'.
Swethaa Ballakrishnen wins 2018 JPO Best Paper Award on her article, 'She Gets The Job Done': Entrenched Gender Meanings and New Returns to Essentialism in India’s Elite Professional Firms.
Rachel Brulé wins Best Paper in Comparative Politics at MPSA for research on the implications of Meghalaya’s inheritance system.
Quartz has identified Bob Allen, Global 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.
Rahul Sagar, Global Network Associate Professor of Political Science, participated in the discussions on UAE-India relations at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy.
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.
Christopher Paik recipient of two APSA awards: Outstanding Article in International History & Politics and Best Article in European Politics & Society.
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.
Social Science Faculty in the Media
Why Women Stay Out of the Spotlight at Work
Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Faculty Fellow
Harvard Business Review | Aug 28, 2018
The Industrial Revolution could shed light on modenr productivity
Robert Allen, Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History, Social Science
The Economist | Aug 2, 2018
NYU Abu Dhabi grant winners hope to solve social issues with their research
Maitha Al Memari and Hannah Taylor
The National | May 30, 2018
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
NYUAD is home to one of the only social science experimental labs in the Middle East region.
Alex Matters, left, and Mina Kim, right, each won first prize honors at the 2018 United Arab Emirates Undergraduate Research Competition.
NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are helping to inform policy and improve lives in developing African nations such as Congo, Ghana, and Uganda.
Our research focuses on the development of innovative and cutting-edge technologies that can significantly impact economic development in under-developed areas around the world.
Class of 2018 Thomas Klein, Political Science and Philosophy
(left) and Hannah Taylor, Social Research and Public Policy and a minor in Psychology (right)
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.
Enthnographer John O'Brien