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Postdoctoral Fellow in Political and Historical Ethnography, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Maziyar Ghiabi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paris School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) where he is member of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire des Enjeux Sociaux (IRIS). He obtained his doctorate in Politics at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College) where he was a Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society & Ethics (2013-17). He holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford, an MA (magna cum laude) in International Relations from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. Maziyar is a political ethnographer who has worked on drugs policy and addiction in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In October 2016, he organised a two-day symposium on ‘Drugs, Politics and Society in the Global South’, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Maziyar collaborates also on a side-project on revolts, displacement and civil war across Mediterranean, on which he has published in Middle East Critique and other scholarly venues. He has previously been Visiting Researcher at SciencesPO-Paris (CERI) during 2014/2015 and Teaching Fellow at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) in 2016, Visiting Researcher at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2017. His webpage can be found:


  • 2017–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Paris School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
  • 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