Roham Alavandi, a historian of Iran and the modern Middle East, currently lectures at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He serves on the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies and is Assistant Editor (History) of the academic journal entitled Iranian Studies.
Prior to lecturing at the university, Alvandi worked on the strategic planning staff in the office of UN Secretary – General Kofi Annan and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tehran. He received his MPhil and DPhil degrees at the University of Oxford and his doctoral thesis won the Foundation for Iranian Studies’ Dissertation Prize and the University of Oxford’s Pavry Memorial Prize.
He is the author of Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (2014) and is currently working on a second book, Iran’s Cold War.