Doctor in Politics at University of Oxford and Visiting Fellow at the American University of Beirut, University of Oxford

Maziyar Ghiabi is a Doctor in Politics at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College) and a Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society and Ethics (2013-17). He is also a Visiting Research at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. His research is a historical and ethnographic study of ‘addiction’ and drugs policy in Iran. He is now working on a similar theme in Lebanon where he is a Visiting Fellow at the American University of Beirut.
Educated in Italy at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and at the University of Oxford where he obtained an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Distinction), he speaks Arabic, Persian, French, Spanish, Italian and English and has researched and worked in several MENA countries, including Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. He has been a tutor in Politics of the Middle East at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University and Teaching Fellow at the Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPO, Paris.


  • 2013–2017
    DPhil Politics, University of Oxford
  • 2014–2016
    Tutor in Middle East Politics, University of Oxford
  • 2011–2013
    MPhil, University of Oxford
  • 2008–2010
    Master International Relations, University of Venice Ca' Foscari


  • 2017 
    University of Oxford, DPhil Politics
  • 2013 
    University of Oxford, MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Distinction)


  • 2016
    Passive, Silent and Revolutionary: The "Arab Spring" Revisited, Middle East Critique
  • 2014
    Drugs and Revolution in Iran: Islamic Devotion, Revolutionary Zeal and Republican Means, Iranian Studies
  • 2013
    The Strait of Hormuz: History of an Area of Geostrategic Power, Ayiné
  • 2012
    The Arab of Southwest Iran: Issues of the Balance of Power, Euroasian Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Society & Ethics
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust