Dr Vahid Nick Pay
Vahid Nick Pay is a lecturer in International Politics at the Diplomatic Studies Programme. He is Chair of the Exam Board and a member of the Management Board at the Oxford University's Diplomatic Studies Programme, Chair of the Exam Board for Global Health Diplomacy course, member of the management committee at the Centre for International Studies (CIS - University of Oxford), Member of the Senior Common Room at Saint Antony's 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, since 1998, 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.
Vahid also lectures at The Oxford Experience course and public and short courses on topics such as Terrorism in the Contemporary World, Religion and Politics and Media, Public Opinion and Democracy, and tutors three short courses: Ethnic and Religious Conflicts, Political Islam and Religion and Politics.
Publications and personal website: www.oxpolitics.com