New Faculty Fall 2023

Academic Year 2023-2024

NYU Abu Dhabi leadership and faculty are researchers, scholars, and artists of extraordinary distinction within and beyond their disciplines, and at the same time exceptional teachers, dedicated 
to supporting and challenging their students and to transforming them into intellectual colleagues. In addition to a growing cohort of full-time faculty, the University also draws talent from across NYU’s global network and hosts visiting faculty from outstanding universities around the world.

Today NYU Abu Dhabi has a faculty of more than 300 experts who are drawn to the University by the quality and passion of our students, by a very favorable research environment, and, as importantly, by the institution’s resolve to contribute significantly to the region and to shape a better world through education and research.

  • Abhishek Majumdar

    Associate Arts Professor of Theater


    Abhishek Majumdar is a playwright, theatre director, and scenographer. He is the ex-artistic director and founder of two theatre companies, Indian Ensemble and Bhasha Centre for Performing Arts, both based out of Bangalore.

    He has created work for and been commissioned by several theatres around the world including Ranga Shankara Bangalore, Prithvi Theatre Mumbai, Royal Court Theatre London, National Theatre London, Deutsche Shauspielhaus Hamburg, Deautsch Shauspielhaus Freiburg, Yale repertory theatre, Theatre Du Solleil (ARTA), Dhaka University, International Dramaturgy Festival Buenos Aires, PlayCo New York, Jana Natya Manch New Delhi to name a few.

    He is the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, Inlaks Fellowship, Shankar Nag Rangakarmi Award, Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award, Hindu Metroplus playwright's award, and Toto fund the arts creative writing award.

    MBA, National Institute of Technology, India

    Previously: Visiting Associate Professor of Practice of Theater, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Shaikha Al Mazrou

    Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts


    Shaikha Al Mazrou is an artist and an Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Sharjah (2010) an a Master’s from Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts, London (2014). Al Mazrou’s work has been shown in a number of exhibitions, including From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2017); The Art of Nature, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) (2017); Homage without an Homage, Art Dubai (2017); Is Old Gold?, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) (2017); Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles (2015); 1st International Arezzo Biennial of Art, Italy (2013); 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh (2010); 28th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah Art Museum (2010) and Sharjah Cultural Days, Museum of Modern Art, Passau, Germany (2010).

    MFA, Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts, London, UK

    Previously: Visiting Arts Professor of Visual Arts, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Satnam Choongh

    Clinical Professor of Legal Writing and Research


    Satnam Choongh holds a First Class Honours Degree in Law from the University of Warwick, and a DPhil from Trinity College, Oxford. He was appointed Hardwicke Scholar and awarded the Thomas More Bursary by Lincoln's Inn in 1993, and called to the Bar of England Wales in 1994. He dual-qualified as a solicitor in 1998, but has remained as a practicing barrister for the last 30 years specializing in all aspects of Planning and Environmental Law. Satnam's research initially focused on criminal justice, in which he published widely (Policing as Social Discipline (OUP 1997); Improving Custodial Legal Advice (Law Society 1998); Ethnic Minority Defendants and the Right to Elect Jury Trial (Commission for Racial Equality 2000). Satnam was Socio-Legal Research Fellow at Warwick University, and has held Professorial Posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Birmingham (where he was founder and Director of the Centre for Employability Professional Legal Education and Research).

    DPhil, Trinity College, Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Previously: Barrister, Number 5 Chambers, England

    Manal AlMarzooqi

    Lecturer of Arabic Language


    Manal Al Marzooqi received a BA in Arabic Language and literature from the College of Arabic and Islamic Studies (2007), an MA in Arabic Linguistics and Syntax from the same College (2015), and a PhD in Arabic Linguistics and Syntax from the Alwasl University (2022).

    Her Master thesis titled Multilingualism in the UAE: Lingual, social and educational study. And her PhD was about language interference between Arabic and English; Lingual and educational study.

    Dr. Al Marzooqi’s research interests include Arabic Language, Classical Arabic, Linguistics, Arabic Syntax, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics.

    PhD in Linguistic and Syntax of Arabic Language, AlWasl University, UAE

    Previously: Visiting Lecturer of Arabic Language

    Maruan Manaja

    Lecturer of Film and New Media


    Maruan Manaja is a filmmaker whose interest focuses on audio/visual storytelling, photography, and art. Manaja focuses on empowering young filmmakers technically to broaden their creative storytelling. Manaja studied Digital Media at TAFE NSW in 2007 and later completed an MFA course in filmmaking at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts – Jordan. Professionally, Manaja works as a technical instructor, a sound engineer, sound and picture editor, and a post-production supervisor in the film industry. Over the past few years, Manaja worked on several well-known short and feature films that gained a lot of attention in the MENA region, such as When Monaliza Smiled by Fadi G. Haddad and Mahbas (Solitaire) by Sophie Boutros. Some of the positions that he held on set include Sound Recordist, Boom Operator, Post Production Supervisor, Assistant Editor, and Assistant Cameraman. He is also a certified Avid Certified Media Composer instructor, the industry standard for film editing.

    Bachelor of Communication, Swinburne University, Australia

    Previously: Instructor of Arts, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Carol Martin



    Carol Martin is a Professor of Drama. Her books include Theatre of the Real and Dance Marathons: Performing American Culture of the 1920s and 1930s. She is the Editor of Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage, A Sourcebook of Feminist Theatre, and the co-editor with Henry Bial of Brecht Sourcebook. She is the Guest Editor of four special issues of TDR, “Reclaiming the Real” (2017), “Performing the City” (2015), “Documentary Theatre” (2006), and “Japanese Theatre: 1960s to the Present” (with Kurihara Nanako). Martin has been awarded a Visiting Professor Fellowship at Tokyo University, Komaba Graduate School of Arts and Science, two Fulbright awards, an NEH, a Mellon, a De La Torre Bueno Special Citation for Dance Marathons, Best Issue of the Year by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, and travel and research grants from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Tisch School of the Arts.

    PhD, New York University, USA

    Affiliated from: Professor, NYU, USA

    Jiani Lian

    Senior Language Lecturer of Chinese


    Jiani Lian is a Senior Language Lecturer of Chinese at NYU Shanghai. She received her MA in Chinese from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before joining NYU Shanghai, Jiani worked for the Chinese language program of UMass Amherst from 2013-2015 and also for other language programs in China as a language instructor, such as the UVa in Shanghai program and the Alliance of Global Education in Beijing. At NYU Shanghai, she has taught across all levels with a specialization on Intermediate level (heritage and non-heritage) instruction and Classical Chinese.

    MA in Chinese, University of Massachusetts, USA

    Affiliated from: Senior Language Lecturer of Chinese, NYU Shanghai, China

    Carmen Bugan

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Literature & Creative Writing


    Carmen Bugan is a poet and writer whose work explores the expressions of historical and political upheaval in literature. She is the author of nine books, including poetry, memoir, and criticism. Some of her work has been translated into Swedish, Polish, Italian, and Chinese. Her most recent book of essays on politics and poetics, Poetry and the Language of Oppression (Oxford University Press, 2021), dealt with Cold War surveillance and considered the wider perspectives of writing in turbulent times; it was named an "essential book for writers" by Poets and Writers. Her memoir, Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police (Picador/ Graywolf, 2012) was the Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, was shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize, and was serialized as the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Other grants and fellowships include a Hawthornden Fellowship and a large individual grant from the Arts Council England. Bugan was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow in 2017.

    PhD in English Literature, Balliol College, Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Visiting from: Adjunct Professor, English Department, Stony Brook University, USA

    Aya Riad

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Interactive Media


    Aya Riad is the co-founder and chief architect of Shift+Space Design & Research; an experimental design studio positioned at the intersection of architecture, robotics, emergent technologies, and art. The studio's work dives into interactive, participatory design that begins from the person and expands to the surrounding environment. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor at Ajman University, and formerly served as an Assistant Lecturer of Advanced Computational Design at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and has a passion for teaching. She is also the Middle East Regional Manager at DigitalFUTURES; a global, educational, accessible initiative with a particular emphasis on the latest computational design and fabrication technologies.

    She holds a Doctorate of Design from  Florida International University (FIU), and earned her Master’s degree (M. Arch. Design Research Lab) from the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK.

    MArch in Design Research Lab, Architectural Association
    School of Architecture, England

    Visiting from: Assistant Lecturer of Advanced Computational Design, American University in Cairo, Egypt

    Nimrah Syed

    Visiting Lecturer of Interactive Media


    Nimrah Syed is a designer, researcher and educator. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at George Brown College and has over eight years of experience working in design and management. Her practice focuses on designing strategies for social change through design thinking practices.

    Master in Design, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Canada

    Visiting from: Adjunct Instructor, George Brown College, Canada

    Dale Hudson

    Associate Professor of Film and New Media


    Dale Hudson is an author and educator currently serving as Associate Professor of Film and New Media at NYU Abu Dhabi. His research employs transnational and postcolonial frameworks to analyze media and is published in esteemed journals such as Afterimage, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies, and Screen, among others. His teaching and research encompass various fields, including film and visual culture in Southwest Asia (Middle East), North Africa, and South Asia (SWANASA [MENASA]), as well as postcolonial, environmental, and globalization studies, documentary studies, critical race, and critical animal studies.

    Hudson earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2004. He also holds an MA in Liberal Studies and a New York State Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University. Additionally, he completed academic programs at Studio Art Centers International (Saci) in Florence, Italy.

    Over the years, Hudson's roles at NYUAD have evolved, from Associate Teaching Professor and Curator of Film and New Media from 2013 to 2023, to Faculty Fellow in Film and New Media from 2010 to 2013. Hudson has moderated several thought-provoking discussions, such as "Connecting Worlds" in 2023 and "Between Skylines and Deserts" in 2022, highlighting the interplay between art, film, and societal dynamics. He actively engages with prominent filmmakers and artists, moderating masterclasses at the Sharjah Film Platform, chairing panels at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and co-moderating discussions at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in the USA, and participating in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Film Festival.

    Hudson plays a vital role in curating art exhibitions and film series, with a particular focus on the Gulf region, in collaboration with the NYUAD Art Gallery and NYUAD Institute.

    PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States of America

    Previously: Associate Teaching Professor and Curator of Film and New Media, New York University Abu Dhabi