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.