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Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Affiliated Lecturer, Project PI


Roxane Farmanfarmaian obtained her BSc from Princeton University in Near East Studies, and her MPhil and DPhil from the Centre of International Studies (now part of POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. In 2013, she was awarded a £150K 1-year research grant from Al-Jazeera Media Corp. to investigate the role of a liberated media in developing political narrative in transitional Tunisia. She teaches international politics and energy security on both the MPhil and MStudies programmes in the area of the modern Middle East and North Africa.  She is a founding member of the POLIS- affiliated Centre for the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA),  From 2002-2005 she was editor of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA).


Research Interests

Roxane Farmanfarmaian’s research focuses on the inter-relationship between local Middle East interests and global (Western) power, using a range of theoretical and multi-disciplinary approaches. Drawing from her years as a professional journalist, she is particularly interested in the use of language and communication as they relate to narrative, political identity, security, and conflict. As a constructivist, her work employs a variety of theoretical and methodological elements, including discourse analysis, media theory, securitization and political psychology to investigate, among other subjects, affect and interstate relations, perceptions and power particularly in the Middle East, the Iran nuclear standoff, and configurations of state interest through religion, resources, and trauma.

A list of publications is available on the CIRMENA website.