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May Al-Dabbagh is an assistant professor at New York University in Abu Dhabi with an associated appointment in New York. She conducts research on women, gender, and work in the Gulf using a combination of social psychology, public policy, and post-colonial feminist lenses.

She has published in Organization Science, Journal of Middle
East Women’s Studies, and Idafat: Arab Journal of Sociology (in Arabic) and her work has been featured in over 40 local, regional, and international media outlets. Her current research is on the construction of modern motherhood and work in the Gulf.

Previously, she was the Founding Director of the Gender and Public Policy Program at the Dubai School of Government and a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program, HKS, Harvard University.

A graduate of Dhahran Ahliyya Schools (Saudi Arabia), she then received a BA (Harvard University) and a PhD (Oxford University) in psychology. She is married to Hashem Montasser and along with their two children, Abdallah and Malak, they live a life of continuously shifting positionalities and very poofy hair.