Ms Marral Shamshiri-Fard

Ms Marral Shamshiri-Fard

PhD Student

Department of International History

Arabic, English, Persian
Key Expertise
Middle East, Iranian History, Cold War, Anticolonialism

About me

Marral Shamshiri-Fard is a PhD candidate in International History at the LSE. Her dissertation explores the intersections of the Cold War and anti-colonial revolutionary movements in Iran and Oman during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Marral is a member of the department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee and represents International History research students on the Research Students Consultative Forum. She is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).

Marral 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.

Supervisory team: John ChalcraftSiavush Randjbar-DaemiSara Salem

Provisional thesis title

Resisting Marxism and Imperialism in the Persian Gulf: Political Alliances and Revolutionary Transnationalism, 1965 – 1979

Status Podcast: Listen to Marral discuss her research with Noah Black (1 February 2019).


Expertise Details

Iran; Oman; Transnational History; Diplomatic History; Revolution; Cold War International Relations; Middle East; Anti-Colonialism; Postcolonial Feminism; Social and Political Movements

Conference papers

  • ‘Affective and Gendered Politics of Liberation: Anti-Imperialist Praxis and Solidarity with the Dhofar Revolution,’ American Studies Association, Maryland, United States, November 2020 (accepted and postponed due to Covid-19).
  • ‘Iran and Oman,’ Pahlavi Studies I Roundtable, Association for Iranian Studies Annual Conference, University of Salamanca (online), August 2020.
  • ‘Anticolonialism, Third Worldism, and the Cold War: Writing Transnational Decolonial Histories from Dhofar to Tehran,’ BRISMES Annual Conference, June 2020 (accepted and postponed due to Covid-19).
  • ‘Challenging Empire in the Persian Gulf: Transnational Guerrilla Networks and Iranian Revolutionaries in Oman,’ UCSB/GWU/LSE International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, Santa Barbara, May 2020 (accepted and postponed due to Covid-19).
  • ‘Informal Empire in the Persian Gulf: Anti-Imperialist Revolutionaries in the 1970s,’ HY509 LSE International History Seminar, London, March 2020.
  • ‘Imperial Histories in the Arabian Peninsula: The Iranian Intervention in Oman (1972-1975),’ (Re)writing Imperial Histories of the Arab World Workshop, LSE Middle East Centre, February 2020.
  • ‘Reflexivity in Historical Knowledge-Production: Iranian Revolutionaries, the Dhofar Revolution and the Radical Archive’, BRISMES Annual Confernce, Leeds, June 2019.

Awards and grants

  • The Social History Society, BME Small Grant (2021)
  • LSE Global Partnership PhD Mobility Bursary, Visiting Student Researcher, UC Berkeley (2021)
  • LSE International History, Research Grant (2020)
  • LSE PhD Academy, Activities Grant (2019)
  • London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), Student-led Activities Grant (2019)
  • LSE US Centre, Summer Research Travel Grant (2019)
  • LSE PhD Studentship (2018-2022)
  • Anglo-Omani Society and Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship (2018)
  • STAR, St Antony’s College, Oxford (2017)
  • Antonian Fund, Oxford (2017)