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 under the supervision of Dr Roham Alvandi. 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.

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.

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

  • ‘Reflexivity in Historical Knowledge-Production: Iranian Revolutionaries, the Dhofar Revolution and the Radical Archive’, BRISMES Annual Conference, Leeds, June 2019

Awards and grants

  • LSE US Centre, Summer Research 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)