Social Science

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 an 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.


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 of Social Science Hervé Crès


MSc in Economics

Applications for Fall 2020 admission are now open, with a final submission deadline of January 24, 2020.

John O'Brien

John O'Brien's Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys awarded the Distinguished Book Awards by the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association.


Using Social Science Research to Inform Policy in Uganda

How can social scientists use field research evidence to influence policy changes and how do they interact with policy makers? Representatives of political parties, members of parliament, donors like IRI, and other stakeholders weigh in on these vital questions at the August 2017 EGAP

Research Highlights

A potential explanation for hung juries
Rebecca Morton

Your career path may be influenced by your gender
Ernesto Reuben

Are the rich more selfish than the poor?
Nikos Nikiforakis


NYU Abu Dhabi Students Witness Brexit Unfold

Students engaged with former prime ministers and key politicians across Europe as part of an immersive 10-day course. Taught by American political consultant and best-selling author Frank Luntz, Europe in Crisis: Brexit and the Future of the EU, was held in London, Brussels, and Paris. Throughout the course, 16 students interacted with former prime ministers including Tony Blair and key politicians such as Michael Gove to delve deeper as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the European Union.

Master of Science Economics


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