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Vahid Nick Pay

Lecturer in International Politics

Supernumerary Fellow 

Department for Continuing Education 

PhD (Durham), MSc (London, Birkbeck), MA and BA (Tehran)


Dr Vahid Nick Pay is a lecturer in International Politics at the University of Oxford, the Diplomatic Service Programme, Department of Continuing Education.

He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Durham examining Republican political philosophy in relation to competing sources of sovereignty and legitimacy notably religion. He has also several years of professional experience with public corporations including the BBC.

He has held research and teaching positions in Italy, Iraq, Iran, France, the UAE and the UK. He has published extensively on various social and political topics 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 and teaching commitments include International Politics, Political Theology, Terrorism and Political Violence, Constitutionalism, and Republicanism.