Dr Vahid Nick Pay

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Vahid Nick Pay is a lecturer in International Politics at the Diplomatic Studies Programme. He is a member of the Management Board at the Oxford University's Diplomatic Studies Programme, a member of the Management Committee at the Centre for International Studies (DPIR- University of Oxford), Fellow of Kellogg College University of Oxford and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Dr Nick Pay is a multidisciplinary academic with expertise and interests in several fields of Social Sciences such as Discourse Analysis, Ethics, Political Philosophy, Security Studies and Political Theology. He also has extensive experience in other professional domains such as Journalism, IT and Healthcare Policy. 

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

He held teaching and research positions in Italy, Iraq, Iran, France and the UK, and has also extensively published and disseminated research results in prominent peer-reviewed journals and public media 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 thought. 

In adidtion to being a full-time permanent lecturer at the Diplomatic Studies Programme, Vahid also lectures at other short courses at the University of Oxford on topics such as Terrorism in the Contemporary WorldEthnic and Religious Conflicts, Religion and Politics, Political Islam and Religion and Environment.

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Publications and personal website: www.oxpolitics.com

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