Maziyar Ghiabi is a Doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College) and a Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society and Ethics. His research focuses on the phenomenology and politics of drugs, ‘addiction’ and drug policy in Iran, by using a combination of ethnographic methods and historical analysis. 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, Iran and Palestine. He has published on the International Journal of Iranian Studies, Eurasian Studies, Revista Internacional de Culturas e Sociedades Islamicas (in Portuguese) and other academic and research journals. His broader interests encompass history ‘from below’ in the MENA, subaltern and contentious politics in the Global South, with a particular focus on Latin America.