Dr Vahid Nick Pay

Vahid Nick Pay is a Lecturer in International Politics and Research Methods, a Fellow of the Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

He is a member of the Management Committee, Director of the Exam Board at the Diplomatic Studies Programme and also Director of the Exam Board of the Global Health Diplomacy Course.

Dr Nick Pay is a multidisciplinary academic with expertise and interests in several fields of Social Sciences such as Linguistics, Ethics, Political Philosophy, Comparative Politics and International Politics. He also has extensive experience in other professional domains such as Journalism, Communications and Cinema.  

Vahid's initial higher education was in the field of Linguistics (BA and MA degrees) where, since 1998, he also taught courses in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. After some years of professional engagement with the British media outlet, the BBC, he switched fields to Political Science, studying first at the University of London, Birkbeck (Master of Science in Political Theory) and then the University of Durham, UK (PhD in Political Science), where he examined Republican political philosophy, in particular in relation to other sources of sovereignty and legitimacy, notably religion.

He has held research and teaching positions in several countries such as Italy, Iraq, Iran, France, the UAE and the UK. He has also extensively published and disseminated research results in prominent peer-reviewed journals and public media in around the world.

His recent book entitled Republican Islam (London: I.B. Tauris 2016) is dedicated to a comparative study of Republican political philosophy and the role of religion, in particular Islamic political theology. 

His has also lectured at Oxford University's public and short courses: "Terrorism in the Contemporary World", "Religoin and Politics",  "Post Conflict Education" and "Media and Democracy" and is also in charge of other two short courses: "Ethnic and Religious Conflicts" and "Political Islam".

He ia also a member of the the management committee at the Centre for International Studies (CIS - University of Oxford) and also ASMEA (Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa - Washington, D.C.). 


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