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NYU Abu Dhabi Social Science faculty are frequently featured in local and international news media.

The refugees freezing to death a few miles from where others get a warm welcome
At Poland’s border with Ukraine, Polish border guards help elderly women with their luggage, hand out cups of tea, pick up small children and even play with them.
ITV | April 11, 2022

When Americans recall their roots, they open up to immigration
Featuring Claire L. Adida, University of California San Diego; Adeline Lo, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lauren Prather, University of California San Diego; Melina Platas, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Scott Williamson, New York University Abu Dhabi.
The Hour | March 16, 2021

Uganda hailed for allowing open discussion on people's grievances
Professor Melina Platas Izama says there are more active discussions and transparency discussions on people’s frustrations and grievances in Uganda compared to many countries in Africa.
The Independent | October 18, 2019

Meet the Candidates: Videos and Voting Behavior in Uganda
In Uganda, preliminary findings suggest watching video interviews of parliamentary candidates during party primary and multiparty elections increases knowledge about the candidates and increases the likelihood that voters change away from their intended vote choice on Election Day.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)  |  August 7, 2017

Here’s why Paul Kagame won a third term as Rwanda’s president
On Friday, Kagame was re-elected in a landslide. The turnout and vote share for Kagame were equally incredible. The Rwanda Electoral Commission reported that well over 90 percent of Rwanda’s 6.9 million registered voters turned out to vote and that Kagame won 98.63 percent of the vote. Neither of his challengers managed to win 1 percent.
The Washington Post  | August 5, 2017

Imagine yourself as a refugee. That’s what nudges Americans to take action on refugees’ behalf.
Since taking office, President Trump has signed two executive orders to prevent Syrian refugees from entering the United States, in keeping with his campaign call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
The Washington Post  |  June 15, 2017