NYU Abu Dhabi Welcomes 45 New Faculty Members

The new members of the community hail from world-class institutions from 12 different countries.

NYU Abu Dhabi has welcomed 45 new faculty and academic leaders coming from some of the world's most ambitious academic and professional institutions to continue their scholarship in the UAE and impart their knowledge on our students.

The new hires include Arlie Petters who will serve as the University’s provost. Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Petters was a Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, and former dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Carol Genetti has been onboarded as the vice provost for the Graduate and Postdoctoral Program and professor of linguistics. Previously she was the dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Santa Barbara and held the Anne and Michael Towbes Graduate Dean Chair.

The new faculty come to NYUAD focusing on a range of fascinating subjects in almost every academic discipline. The new members of the community are coming from 12 different countries having held positions in some of the top institutions around the world.

Ranging in topics from developing tests of Einstein’s general relativity and modified gravity models to women’s work in the ready-made, Bangladeshi garment industry, the scholars have come to NYUAD to teach and research a wide array of subjects. 

Detailed information about the faculty can be found here.

Provost Office

  • Arlie Petters, Provost - PhD Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Carol Genetti, Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Program and Professor of Linguistics  - PhD Linguistics, University of Oregon

Arts and Humanities 

  • Michael Ang Assistant, Professor of Practice of Interactive Media - Master of Professional Studies, Tisch School of the Arts NYU
  • Sabyn Javeri Jillani, Senior Lecturer of Writing - PhD, University of Leicester
  • David Ludden, Professor of History - PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dina Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor of Liberal Studies - PhD, University of Michigan 
  • Alia Yunis , Visiting Associate Professor of Practice of Heritage and Film - Master of Arts in Film and Television, American University
  • George Jose, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology - Joint PhD, National University of Singapore and King’s College London 
  • Jenny Hung, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy - PhD Nano-Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and PhD Philosophy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Susan Nash, Visiting Lecturer of Legal Writing - Juris Doctorate, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Engineering 

  • Tarek Abdoun Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering - PhD Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Muhammad Shafique, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD Computer Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Khalil Ramadi, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering - PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tuka Alhanai, Assistant Professor/Emerging Scholar of Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Raed Shubair, Adjunct Professor of Engineering - PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Science

  • David Melcher, Professor of Psychology - PhD Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Pierre Youssef, Associate Professor of Mathematics - PhD Mathematics, Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée
  • Rui Diogo Arsénio, Associate Professor of Mathematics - PhD, New York University
  • Aashish Jha, Assistant Professor of Biology - PhD Human Genetics, The University of Chicago
  • Andrea Vial, Assistant Professor of Psychology - PhD Social Psychology, Yale University
  • Djellel Difallah, Assistant Professor of Computer Science - PhD, University of Fribourg
  • Weiren Zhao, Assistant Professor of Mathematics - PhD Mathematics, Zhejiang University
  • Karam Fayad, Associate Lecturer of Mathematics - PhD Mathematics, Sorbonne Université
  • Andrew Bell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies - PhD Natural Resource Management and a certificate in Complexity Science, University of Michigan
  • Taoufik Hmidi, Visiting Associate Professor of Mathematics - PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau
  • Houssam Abdul-Rahman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics - PhD Applied Mathematics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Richard Aoun,Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics - PhD, Paris 11 University (Orsay, France)

Social Science

  • Stephane Helleringer, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Demography, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mounther Barakat, Professor of Practice of Finance - PhD Finance, Oklahoma State University 
  • Jemima A. Frimpong, Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Management Science and Applied Economics, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Onoso Imoagene, Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Sociology, Harvard University
  • Sabino Kornrich, Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Sociology, University of Washington
  • Benjamin Laughlin, Assistant Professor of Political Science - PhD Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Jordan Norris, Assistant Professor of Economics - PhD Economics, Northwestern University
  • Minsu Park, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Information Science, Cornell University
  • Suzie Kim, Assistant Professor of Political Science - PhD Politics, Princeton University
  • Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Assistant Professor of Economics - PhD Economics, London School of Economics
  • Bedoor Alshebli, Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science - PhD Interdisciplinary Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
  • Nadine Debbas Achkar, Visiting Professor of Practice of Legal Studies - Juris Doctor, Columbia University School of Law
  • Mattias Smång, Visiting Senior Lecturer of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Sociology, Columbia University
  • Arina Cocoru, Visiting Lecturer of Political Theory - PhD Politics, NYU
  • Teresita Cruz-del Rosario, Visiting Lecturer of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Sociology, Boston College
  • Cristina Buarque de Hollanda, Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science - PhD Political Science, Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro
  • William Samuel Stahl, Adjunct Lecturer of Social Research and Public Policy - PhD Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Daungyewa Utarasint, Adjunct Lecturer of Political Science - PhD Political Science, Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro