Dr Maryam Alemzadeh

Associate Professor in the History & Politics of Iran


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Maryam Alemzadeh is Associate Professor in History and Politics of Iran at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) and a Middle East Centre Fellow. She holds a Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago (2018). Before joining Oxford, she was a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

Maryam’s research interests include revolutions, state building, militias and militaries, and modern Iran, and how to study these phenomena by looking at individual people and actions that create them bit by bit. Currently she is writing a book tentatively titled Revolution as Praxis: The Rise of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The book is based on firsthand research on the Revolutionary Guards’ first generation of commanders, volunteers, supporters, and critics, as they struggled to find order in chaos on a day-to-day basis. To learn more about Maryam’s work you can check her website at maryam-alemzadeh.com.