Dr Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He completed his PhD in Philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and graduated with a combined honours degree in Philosophy and Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. Omid has lived variously in the UAE where he taught at Abu Dhabi University; Belgium where he was a visiting scholar at K.U. Leuven; the Netherlands for his PhD; and intermittent periods in Iran for research. His current roles include Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition for the Writing Hub and Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney; faculty at Iran Academia; board member for Powerhouse Youth Theatre; campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? - Australasia; and Project Executive for the Religion, State and Society Research Network. He contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with asylum seekers, refugees and young people from Western Sydney. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave 2016).


  • –present
    Project Executive , University of Sydney - Religion, State & Society Research Network


  • 2010 
    Leiden University, PhD, philosophy