Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Persona Non Grata

Inside Higher Ed
March 18th, 2015

After a New York University professor who has written critically of migrant labor issues in the United Arab Emirates was blocked from boarding a plane to Abu Dhabi, some are asking what the implications are for N.Y.U.’s branch campus there.
Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at the New York City campus and president of N.Y.U.’s American Association of University Professors chapter, was prohibited by U.A.E. authorities from boarding an Abu Dhabi-bound plane at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on Saturday due to stated “security reasons” (the media relations office at the U.A.E. embassy declined to comment on the incident). Ross had been planning to continue his research on migrant labor issues in the Emirates over his spring vacation. He was not planning to stop by the N.Y.U. Abu Dhabi campus while there.

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