Dr Vahid Nick Pay

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Vahid Nick Pay is a lecturer in International Politics and Research Methods at the Diplomatic Studies Programme. He is a member of the Management Committee at the Centre for International Studies (DPIR- University of Oxford), Fellow of Kellogg College University of Oxford and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He is also an official Academic Advisor to the UK government's Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Dr Nick Pay is a multidisciplinary academic with expertise and interests in several fields of Social Sciences such as Discourse Analysis, Political Philosophy, Security Studies and Political Theology.

At the Diplomatic Studies Programme, Vahid has full responsability for the Internatioanl Politics course in which the administered modules are:  Political Philosophy of International Politics in Michaelmas Term, Issues of International Politics in Trinity Term and Foreign Policy Analysis in Trinity Term.

Vahid's initial higher education was in the field of Linguistics where 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 was a winner of a Teaching Excellence Award in 2018. He also holds the French national higher education teaching and doctoral supervision qualification (habilitation).

Vahid has 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 the formation of state institutions and foreing policy.

In adidtion to being a full-time permanent lecturer at the Diplomatic Studies Programme, Vahid also lectures at other short courses at the University of Oxford on topics such as Terrorism in the Contemporary WorldEthnic and Religious Conflicts, Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Introduction to Security Studies and Religion and Environment.

Dr Nick Pay also served as the interim director of the Diplomatic Studies Programme in 2020.

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