Abu Dhabi is an exciting place to be a social scientist. It feels as if the whole world collides here.
NYU Abu Dhabi's unique location in the Middle East makes it the ideal headquarters for social scientists working to better understand complex global societies, both past and present. Our faculty are working on fieldwork projects throughout the region on topics ranging from religious mobilization in Turkey to political systems in Afghanistan, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our research in Economics is celebrated, with 4th place in Asia in the RePEc ranking. Our faculty conduct world-class research that is cross-disciplinary and conducted across countries, with implications for both, the local and world economy.
Our faculty conduct interdisciplinary research across the following clusters: Institutions and market design; Inequality, labor markets and social mobility; Behavior and community development; Trade and diversification; Human and economic development; Conflict and cooperation; Identity and heritage; Public policy.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
International politics; Political geography; Comparative political economy; Economic history
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Nancy W. Gleason
Director, Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor of Practice
Industry 4.0; The Future of Work; Higher Education Learning; Pedagogy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Lifelong Learning; Sustainability
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development; Global Network Professor of Politics and Economics; Director, Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL)
Voting processes; Experimental methods
Research at NYUAD focuses on finding culturally sensitive ways to study social behavior in the Middle East.
The Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL) at NYUAD is an interdisciplinary center which aims to create mutually beneficial relationships with local universities, organizations, and the wider community by offering their members a useful opportunity to participate in behavioral research activities.