Three of NYUAD’s Most Notable Professors

New York University Abu Dhabi ( or NYUAD is a university located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates that has a fully integrated science and liberal arts college. It’s part of the NYU Global Network University with New York University Shanghai and New York University, New York City. NYUAD opened in 2008 in a temporary site that was used for cultural events and conferences. Their academic program began in September of 2010 on its permanent campus that was built on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. The school is primarily funded by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

New York University Abu Dhabi has a whole host of excellent professors. The following is a look at three of them.

Kwame Akroma-Ampim Kusi Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, novelist and cultural theorist. Born in England to Ghanaian parents, Appiah is known for writing on politics, moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind and African intellectual history. Before he began teaching at NYU in 2014, Appiah taught at Princeton University as a Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy. He is now a member of the staff at the Department of Philosophy at NYU and also teaches at NYU’s School of Law.

Ivan Szelenyi is sociologist that specializes in the study of social stratification and how it changes over time in different cultures. He has a special interest in social inequalities and the interplay of socioeconomics, gender and ethnicity in post-communist and transitional societies. Szelenyi won the Szechenyi Prize in 2006. The prize is given to people for making outstanding contributions to academic life. His book ‘Patterns of Exclusion’ was awarded the Karl Polanyi Prize as the year’s best publication. He taught at Yale and UCLA in addition to NYU Abu Dhabi and worked with the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation on social issues in China and Southern Europe. He is a member of the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences.

American developmental psychologist Carol Gilligan ( is known for her work with moral development in women and girls. She has a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University and has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and NYU. Her work has inspired the philosophical ethics movement called the ethics of care. Gilligan has co-authored numerous books and scholarly papers on moral development, love, race relations, and psychotherapy. Her writings are embraced by many in the feminist movement.