Alireza Shams Lahijani

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

About me

Alireza's research sits in the intersection of History and International Relations. He focuses on changes and continuities in Iran's representation and conceptions of the West and how it influenced Iran's entry into the International Society and its foreign policy over a longue durée. He is interested in understanding the entangled political and intellectual lives that conceive international relations by tracing the emergence of ideas and concepts that manifested Iran’s identity vis-à-vis the Western Other. To do so, he engages in discourse analysis of various archival and contemporary texts and visual sources.

In addition to his doctoral research, Alireza is also working on knowledge production and museums in International Relations, and the role of language and religion in the discipline. He holds MSc in International Relations from LSE, researching Iraq-Iran war, and BA in Politics and Law from the University of Essex.

He has been Deputy Editor of Millennium (Vol 46 (3), Vol 47 (1-2)), and established and organised LSE International Relations Colloquium (2015-2018). As Department's PhD representative, he attended Research Students Consultative Forum in 2016 and 2017.

Research topic

Iran’s Idea of the West and Entry into International Society

Teaching experience

IR100 Theories and Concepts of International Relations
IR 160 The Middle East in Global Politics

Academic supervisors

Professor Iver B Neumann
Professor Fawaz Gerges



Expertise Details

Identity; Foreign Policy; Diplomacy; Historical Sociology; Iran; Middle East; Visual Politics; English School (International Relations); Discourse Analysis