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Jakub's Journey

“My plan was simple … But then, the unexpected plot twist came – NYU Abu Dhabi”

Capstone Project Wins Top Prize

Senior Ahmed Meshref's Capstone project clinched the top prize in the Accounting, Economics, and Finance category at the seventh annual Undergraduate Research Competition held in Abu Dhabi.

NYUAD Students Witness Brexit Unfold

As part of an immersive 10-day course taught by American political consultant and best-selling author Frank Luntz, students engaged with former prime ministers and key politicians across Europe.

Today's Students Are Tomorrow's Hope

When senior Mai Awamleh first started her social science research experience with NYU’s Global TIES for Children international research center, she never imagined becoming so immersed and effected by the field of international comparative education.

NYUAD's First Luce Scholar

"I will be working with the Foundation on my placement in the coming months, but I hope to be working on technology education for women in Malaysia."

Why Men and Women Choose the Jobs They Do

Ernesto Reuben specializes in understanding gender roles in the labor market. His research finds that, once set, stereotypes continue to drive specialization and hiring decisions.

Are the Rich More Selfish Than the Poor?

The world's rich hold an ever-increasing share of global resources, so, if it's true that they don't care about others, then we really need to worry, says Nikos Nikiforakis, professor of economics.

The Dark Side of the Vote

Rebecca Morton, professor of politics, discusses whether groups make better decisions together than individuals through voting. She finds that when the question is difficult, a dark side emerges.

Winds of Change for Women's Rights

When entrenched social customs come up against modern legislation, the result can be … complicated, Assistant Professor of Political Science Rachel Brulé explains in her new book.

Re-Counting the Past

Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History Robert Allen is leading a massive data collection project that will help tell the largely untold story of Middle East economic history.

National Academy of Sciences

NYU Abu Dhabi faculty Paula England and Claude Desplan were among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates who were elected.

Getting to Know You

NYUAD is home to one of the only social science experimental labs in the Middle East region.

Author Spotlight

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

Public Littering Experiment

The results of NYU Abu Dhabi research involving public littering has challenged a popular theory on bystander intervention.

Testing Game Theory

Experts test Nash's game theory on the world's top tennis players with surprising results.

Policy Influencers

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

Social Science Hub

NYU Abu Dhabi's location in the Middle East is ideal for social scientists conducting research from sub-Saharan Africa to India.

In the News

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

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

After a year of Imran Khan, Pakistan is finally stepping into its role as a world player
The message to world leaders is loud and clear: In a dramatic shift from the past, our country is no longer a pawn, a joke or a global bystander. But there's still a long way to go.
Independent | September 26, 2019.

The alternatives to privatization and nationalization
More public resources could be managed as commons without much loss of efficiency.
The Economist | September 12, 2019

How to find a good restaurant? Economists can help
Economics and big data have a few tips to find the right place to eat in a new city.
Times Live South Africa | August 16, 2019

Outrage in Pakistan over abuse of child domestic workers
Despite shocking reports of assault and a social media outcry, there is little sign of stricter laws to protect children, writes Saba Karim Khan, NYU Abu Dhabi social science instructor.
The Guardian | August 13, 2019

Pakistan has a domestic abuse problem – but there’s a way to turn the outrage into action
After a TV host in Pakistan made light of the issue days after the wife of Pakistani actor Mohsin Abbas Haider accused him of violence, it’s clear a cultural shift is needed to de-normalise this behaviour.
Independent | July 30, 2019

The Kim Darroch debacle shows that we need our diplomats to be honest more than ever before​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
As a former ambassador, I know how important it is that diplomats do not resort to vanilla platitudes to err on the side of caution, writes Tom Fletcher.
The National | July 13, 2019

Politics of Dust Bowl Settlers
The effects of the Dust Bowl are still present in California.
Inside Higher Ed | June 12, 2019

US voters appear unmoved by the Mueller report: Professor
Adam Ramey of NYU Abu Dhabi says the Mueller report did not reveal anything "substantively new" about the Trump administration.
CNBC | April 22, 2019

Hult Prize holds first summit in Manila
The Hult Prize Foundation staged its first Regional Summit in Manila, with three students from the New York University (NYU)-Abu Dhabi getting the nod of judges for their idea “Loveina” last April at the Samsung Hall SM Aura in Taguig City.
The Manila Times | April 11, 2019

Women are suffering silently in Pakistan – is #MeToo the answer?
Inclusiveness and an appreciation of cultural nuances are key to changing attitudes in a society where harassment is the norm.
The Guardian | April 11, 2019

The Future of Migration
Migration does not represent an existential threat to the strong governments and institutions of North America and Europe. Misperceptions informed by nationalism, populism, and a press more interested in quick scoops and clickbait than in investigative reporting contribute to a sense of threat. 
Public Books | April 05, 2019

[Book Review] Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys. | Reviewed by Neda Maghbouleh
O'Brien's argument is that Muslim American teenagers must be understood, first and foremost, as teenagers.
The University of Chicago Press Journals | March, 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi students go on the Brexit trail
A handful of students visit Britain and Europe, rubbing shoulders with former prime ministers and politicians, in a bid to unpick Brexit. 
The National | March 28, 2019

Republican Strategist Frank Luntz on Toxic Politics
Walter Isaacson sits down with Republican strategist Frank Luntz to discuss the toxic rhetoric in America’s politics, and why he’s given up hope for a united America.
PBS | March 26, 2019

[Book Review] Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys by John O’Brien | Reviewed by Hale Inanoglu
In a beautifully written prose, Keeping It Halal vividly and analytically illustrates the everyday lives of Muslim American teenagers. In this regard, it is a most welcome contribution to the growing field of American Muslim studies.
The Maydan | March 7, 2019

Battle for tech dominance: China has appropriated the US economic playbook. Can the US reclaim it?
A full-blown trade war is on between the US and China, and we shouldn’t be surprised. The US has used tariffs before to protect its industries, with mixed results. Will the US be better off after imposing this latest round of tariffs? 
Times of India | February 12, 2019

A Study on Driverless-Car Ethics Offers a Troubling Look Into Our Values
To figure out how autonomous vehicles should respond during potentially fatal collisions, a group of scientists set out to learn what decisions human drivers would make.
The New Yorker | January 24, 2019

All 'Rhodes' lead to Oxford for ambitious Emirati students
Sheikha Majida Al Maktoum and Amal Al Gergawi are taking up studies at the University of Oxford.
The National | December 17, 2018

Jobs for the boys? New study shows how career paths can be guided by gender
NYU Abu Dhabi professor's research reveals workers are allowing gender stereotypes to put limits on their own ambitions.
The National | November 24, 2018

Thrill-seeking is an overlooked catalyst for political violence
New research pinpoints how a desire for excitement inspires support for violent extremism.
Pacific Standard | October 31, 2018

How to prevent political violence?
Exciting, peaceful activities: American Psychological Association says boredom may be driving rise in shootings and bombings.
Daily Mail | October 30, 2018

Why Women Stay Out of the Spotlight at Work
Women in our study recognized that being less visible in the office could hurt their odds of promotion. But they worried that violating feminine norms could leave them even worse off.
Bob Morris | September 19, 2018

NYU Abu Dhabi grant winners hope to solve social issues with their research
Maitha Al Memari and Hannah Taylor will use their grants to research ways to advance educational guidance in the UAE and to explore solutions to the US drug epidemic respectively.
The National | May 30, 2018

Staff bonuses: there is no right way to reward employees
New research sheds light on the best ways to motivate people.
Financial Times | April 04, 2018

When does Russian propaganda work — and when does it backfire? Here’s what we found.
After examining Russia’s 2014 disinformation campaign in Ukraine, we found that Russian propaganda has very uneven effects. Whether it sways individuals to vote for pro-Russian candidates — or backfires, and makes them less likely to do so — depends on the political predispositions of the target audience.
The Washington Post | April 03, 2018

'Diplomats need narrative tone in digital age'
In a panel discussion at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Omar Saif Ghobash, the UAE's Ambassador to France, joined the former British ambassador to Lebanon Thomas Fletcher, in a conversation on digital diplomacy.
Khaleej Times | March 03, 2018

Will Millennials Return to Religion?
New books by pastors, parents, and experts address the challenge.
Publishers Weekly | February 28, 2018

The pursuit of happiness is backed by science – happy people are more productive
There are proven links between happiness and achievement in schools and workplaces, writes Tom Fletcher
The National | February 11, 2018

NYUAD graduate selected as 2019 Schwarzman Scholar
NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2015 graduate Mandy Tan has been chosen as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will go on to pursue the Master’s programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing, starting in August 2018.
Emirates News Agency | December 06, 2017

Welcome to Umbrella Town
Economic historian Robert Allen of New York University warns that China's loss of its competitive edge could see it follow the US and Britain on the path to de-industrialisation.
BBC World Service | November 30, 2017

American corporations need a wake-up call
The emerging middle class in China, India and across African countries will soon dwarf the U.S. total consumption, yet U.S. multinational corporations seem to be missing out on the opportunity to tap into this market.
The Hill | November 29, 2017

‘We Are Not Yet Free’: Living in Slavery’s Shadow in Mauritania
The rising prominence of voices like Dah Abeid’s is helping to chip away at any lingering slavery-related stigma the Haratine might feel, says Erin Pettigrew, a professor of history at New York University in Abu Dhabi who has studied social activism in Mauritania.
International Reporting Project | November 07, 2017

Why are Crimean Tatars so hostile to Russia?
An article and study co-written by Leonid Peisakhin, assistant professor of political science.
Washington Post | September 5, 2017

As the US gets more involved with Somalia, beware these fallacies
An article co-written by Michael Harsch, assistant professor of practice.
Washington Post | July 18, 2017

The real issue with secrets and leaks
Classified leaks are devastating America, writes Rahul Sagar, political scientist.
Washington Post | February 27, 2017

Leaks are totally American, it's just easier now
Rahul Sagar, political scientist, says President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress would very much like you to know that they are victims of betrayal.
Wired | February 16, 2017

Where do US candidates stand on foreign policy?
Political expert Adam Ramey answers questions about the US election from CNN's Becky Anderson.
CNN Connect the World

Why fund investors could roil bonds
A working paper by Lucas Siga studies the links between monetary policy and mutual fund flows, and any potential risks to financial stability.
Wall Street Journal | August 7, 2016

UAE labor mobility creates winners and losers
A research paper co-authored by NYUAD economist Yaw Nyarko "reinforces the need to exercise caution with labour market interventions, as they sometimes backfire."
The National | August 20, 2016

Failed states and the paradox of civilisation: New lessons from history
While cases of state failure have risen in the last decade, most notably in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, they are not a new phenomenon, writes economist Pablo Hernandez-Lagos.
Vox | July 26, 2016

NYUAD professor wins Dan David international prize
A video interview with François Bourguignon, global distinguished professor of economics.
Dan David Prize | May 27, 2016

How a startup's burn rate influences its success
Economist Pablo Hernandez-Lagos discusses startup survival and balanced burn rates.
University of Pennsylvania | May 26, 2016