May Al-Dabbagh
Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy  



May Al-Dabbagh is Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy. She conducts research on gender and globalization using a combination of social psychology, public policy, and post-colonial feminist lenses. Her current book project, The Messy Middle, is an ethnography of serial migration in Dubai focusing on motherhood, work, and movement. She has received fellowships from the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), The Women and Public Policy Program (Harvard), and The Global Institute for Advanced Study and Tisch School of the Arts (NYU).

At al Mawrid, she runs Haraka: Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought which focuses on contemporary art in the Gulf/Khaleej and bridges the social sciences and arts at NYUAD.

Al-Dabbagh holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from University of Oxford.

Ban Kattan
Research Associate



Ban Kattan is a research associate at Haraka: Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought. Her areas of research interest cover issues of human and institutional capacity building, sustainable development, gender equality, as well as Arab art and culture.

Ban holds a BSc in business administration from the American University of Sharjah, a BA in gender and women studies from York University, Canada, and an MA in development studies from York University focusing on organizational capacity building via knowledge transfer. Ban specializes in translation practices for art and culture organizations in the Middle East, and is a certified translator by the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario, Canada.