Roham Alvandi

Roham Alvandi

Research Interest

Biography

Dr Roham Alvandi is Associate Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2014), which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and his current research focuses on global human rights activism and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern StudiesCold War HistoryDiplomatic History, and Iranian Studies.

Dr Alvandi read for his MPhil and DPhil degrees at the University of Oxford and his doctoral thesis was awarded the Foundation for Iranian Studies’ Dissertation Prize and the University of Oxford’s Pavry Memorial Prize. He is also a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he received the University Medal, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Before joining the LSE, he 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 is a Fellow of the British Institute of Persian Studies and the Royal Historical Society.

Publications

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Shah's Détente with Khrushchev: Iran's 1962 Missile Base Pledge to the Soviet Union,’ Cold War History 14, no. 3 (2014), pp. 423-444

‘Guest Editor’s Introduction: Iran and the Cold War,’ Iranian Studies 47, no. 3 (2014), Special Issue: Iran and the Cold War, pp. 373-378

‘Flirting with Neutrality: The Shah, Khrushchev, and the Failed 1959 Soviet-Iranian Negotiations,’Iranian Studies 47, no. 3 (2014), Special Issue: Iran and the Cold War, pp. 419-440

‘Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The Origins of Iranian Primacy in the Persian Gulf,’ Diplomatic History 36, no. 2 (2012), pp. 337-372

‘Muhammad Reza Pahlavi and the Bahrain Question, 1968-1970,’ British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 37, no. 2 (2010), pp. 159-177