Professor Maryam Alemzadeh to join MES/OSGA next year

Middle East Studies (MES) and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) are also delighted to announce that Maryam Alemzadeh will be joining the School from September 2022 as the new Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Iran.

Maryam is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. She holds a Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago, and was previously a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

She is writing a book tentatively titled Perpetual Flux: Revolutionary Guards and State Building in Iran, which addresses the formation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a state-sponsored yet independent and spontaneous revolutionary militia. The book is based on firsthand research on the IRGC’s first generation of commanders, volunteers, supporters, and critics, as they struggled to find order in chaos on a daily basis. Maryam's work revisits questions of continuity, change and institution building through the lens of everyday practices. 

Her research and policy papers have been published in the British Journal of Middle East Studies, Foreign Affairs, and the Crown Center’s Middle East Brief series, among other places. For more details about Maryam’s work visit