Marral Shamshiri-Fard is a PhD candidate in International History at the LSE working under the supervision of Dr Roham Alvandi. Her current research project looks at Cold War relations and anti-colonial revolutionary movements in Iran, Oman, and neighbouring Arab states of the Persian Gulf during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (with Distinction) from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a BSc in Politics and International Relations (First-Class Honours) from the University of Bath. She has studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan and the Sultan Qaboos College for Non-Native Speakers in Oman.
Marral represents International History research students on the Research Students Consultative Forum. She is a former editor of the Oxford Middle East Review. She previously worked in a trade association in Brussels, and has interned with the Guardian and the BBC. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UNIQ 2017, University of Oxford, and currently works as a schools’ workshop facilitator with Fearless Futures engaging young women in critical thinking, intersectionality and leadership to confront injustice and structural inequalities, and drive social change.
Provisional thesis title
Resisting Marxism and Imperialism in the Persian Gulf: Political Alliances and Revolutionary Transnationalism, 1965 – 1979