Dr Vahid Nick Pay


Dr Vahid Nick Pay is a lecturer in International Politics at the Diplomatic Service Programme and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Nick Pay's initial education was in the field of Linguistics (BA and MA degrees) where, since 1998, he also taught courses in General Linguistics, Historical Linguistics and Discourse Analysis.

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 published extensively on various social and political arguments for prominent public media and journals in Europe and the Middle East.

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 research interests include International Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Political Islam and Republicanism.

He is a member of the management committee of the Diplomatic Service Programme, the management committee at the Oxford Centre for International Studies (CIS) and also Chair of the Exam Board.