Samantha Neugebauer is a reader, writer, editor, and an Associate Instructor at NYU Abu Dhabi. Previously, she worked in student affairs as the Associate Director of First Year Students. She is on the editorial board of the literary magazine Painted Bride Quarterly, is a regular contributor to the podcast Slush Pile, and a staff writer for Postscript Magazine.
In 2019, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) awarded her 2nd place in their quadrennial Creativity Award in Literature for her short story “Transit عبر الحياة”, which she co-wrote with poet Amna Alharmoodi.
In summer 2018, she presented her work on experiential learning in Utrecht, The Netherlands, at the European First Year Experience Conference. Previously, she has presented her work at conferences in: Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and several cities across the United States. In 2017, Samantha was awarded International Program of the Year Award for her work developing First Year Dialogue, a unique first year seminar in the Gulf, by the International Knowledge Community of NASPA. In 2015, she won the International Abu Dhabi Time Out Magazine Poetry Competition.
She has a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. In the past, she served as the Associate Editor for the She’s the First Poetry Anthology. Samantha has also worked part-time as a Special Correspondent for AFAR magazine and for Weight Watchers Magazine. Additionally, she has worked or studied in London, Shanghai, and Barcelona. 她是中国的朋友. She has served as a trip supervisor and instructor for course-related trips to China, Greece, Italy, Germany, Oman, and other places.
Samantha writes stories and poetry, studies languages and histories, and volunteers for social responsibility. Samantha has been published in Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Hell Gate Review, Time Out, Tuck Magazine, HEADWAY, F word magazine, Singapore Unbound, among others.
Samantha likes to remember some advice Toni Morrison gave her own students: “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”