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Dr. Sabrina Joseph

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History

School of Arts & Sciences


BA in Political Science and Sociology, New College (Sarasota, Florida)
MA in Arab Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Washington DC)
PhD in History, Georgetown University (Washington DC)

Dr. Joseph was appointed Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in January 2018.  Before joining AUD, she spent ten years at Zayed University (UAE), where she most recently served as Acting Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and prior to that, Associate Dean of the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities.
In addition to her numerous years of teaching and administrative experience in the UAE, Dr. Joseph has also taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Portsmouth (Athens, Greece campus), Georgetown University, and Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  She has collaborated with various national and international universities on undergraduate student education and worked closely with various public and private sector organizations in the UAE in an effort to promote ties between academia and the community, including most recently with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation as an Advisory Board member of Flashes. Dr. Joseph is an advocate of interdisciplinary education with a liberal arts foundation, and was awarded the Global Inspirational Women Leadership Award by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) in 2016 in recognition of her contributions to women’s education in the Middle East/ Gulf region.
Dr. Joseph’s research is in the field of Middle East and Ottoman history, encompassing work on law and society in the areas of land use, environmental management, women, minorities and inter-faith relations during the early modern and modern periods. In addition to having presented her research at numerous conferences, Dr. Joseph has published two books and numerous articles in such journals as: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture; The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs; and Environment and History. Her research has been funded both by national and international grants, including Fulbright-Hays. Currently, Dr. Joseph is involved in a European research collaboration led by Harvard University, Ghent University and the International Institute of Social History focusing on global capitalism and commodity frontiers from the 16th-21st centuries.

In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, reading, and exploring the desert.