Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

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Department of Politics and International Studies Admissions Tutor: MSC Politics of the Middle East Centre for Iranian Studies Member Member Member
Department of Politics and International Studies
BA, MA (Hamburg); MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Thursdays 10am - 12 noon


Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies at SOAS, University of London and Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. Educated at the Universities of Hamburg, American (Washington DC) and Cambridge, where he received his MPhil and PhD as a multiple scholarship student, Prof. Adib-Moghaddam was the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow in International Relations and Peace Studies at St. Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Adib-Moghaddam received his Professorship at SOAS within eight years after his PhD as one of the youngest academics in his field.

At Cambridge University, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge European Trust Society which was based at Trinity College under the auspices of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2017, he was nominated to the national panel of the Royal Anniversary Trust which evaluates the Queen's Anniversary Prize, the highest form of recognition to higher education institutions in the UK which is announced in an annual ceremony at St. James’s Palace. In 2018, Hughes Hall in the University of Cambridge elected him as a Fellow.

Adib-Moghaddam is a member of several editorial boards, including Third World Quarterly, and he is co-editor in chief, together with Prof. Ali Mirsepassi (New York University), of the Cambridge book series, THE GLOBAL MIDDLE EAST. He is the author of several books, including On the Arab revolts and the Iranian revolution (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Psycho-nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In addition, he has published over 50 research articles in scientific journals and books and he has given numerous key note lectures all over the world including in Japan, Qatar, Armenia, the United States, Iran, Germany and the UK.

As a critic and philosopher, Adib-Moghaddam is world renowned for his work about world politics, Iran, Islam and the West, and the international/comparative politics of West Asia and North Africa. As a public intellectual, he writes about contemporary culture and global politics and he has appeared in several documentaries produced by the BBC, Al -Jazeera and other TV outlets,. Prof. Adib-Moghaddam’s commentary and interviews have been published by leading outlets including Times Higher Education, Al-Jazeera, CNN, The Guardian, The Independent, Mehr News Agency and the Tehran Times.

More recently, Adib-Moghaddam has started to research the impact of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE on human security.

@Adib_Moghaddam (Official Twitter site)


Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human security
  • Art, poetry, emotions as languages for global peace
  • Political/social psychology
  • The global politics of power and resistance
  • Global thought and comparative philosophies
  • Iran, East-West relations, West Asia and North Africa.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Dr Mehdi Beyad A Claim to Space: The Discourse of Arab-Iranian Rivalry as Geopolitical Imaginary in Ba’thist Iraq and Pahlavi Iran
Mesrob Kassemdjian Hezbollah and Hamas: A chequered alliance
Nazam Laila Digital Power and Bangladeshi Gig Economy: Economic Emancipation or Neo-colonial Exploitation?


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