Research and Publications
Dr Roham Alvandi's research focuses on the international history of Iran and the Persian Gulf during the Cold War. He is currently working on a book that examines the partnership between U.S. President Richard Nixon, his advisor Henry Kissinger, and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran. More broadly, his research interests encompass Iran's diplomatic history, the modern history of Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula, and international nuclear history.
Before joining the LSE in 2010, Dr Alvandi was a College Lecturer in Politics at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Graduate International Studies at the University of Tehran. He previously served at the United Nations on the strategic planning staff in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. A former Editor of the St Antony's International Review, he is currently Assistant Editor (History) of Iranian Studies, the journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies.
Dr Alvandi read for his MPhil and DPhil degrees in International Relations at the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis was awarded the 2011 Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Prize by the University of Oxford and the 2011 Foundation for Iranian Studies Dissertation Prize. He is also a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he received the University Medal, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
His recent publications include 'Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The Origins of Iranian Primacy in the Persian Gulf', Diplomatic History, 36/2 (2012): 337-372; and 'Muhammad Reza Pahlavi and the Bahrain Question, 1968-1970', British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37/2 (2010): 159-177.
Teaching and Supervision
Dr Roham Alvandi's teaching at the LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. He teaches the following courses:
At the undergraduate level:
HY113: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other members of the Department)
HY321: The Struggle for the Persian Gulf, 1945-2003
At Masters level
HY440: The Emergence of Modern Iran: State, Society, and Diplomacy
Office: Room EAS.E310
Telephone: 020 7955 6897