Maryam Alemzadeh is Associate Professor in History and Politics of Iran at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) and a Middle East Centre Fellow. She holds a Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago (2018). Maryam’s research interests include revolutions, state building, militias and militaries, and modern Iran, and how to study these phenomena by looking at individual people and actions that create them bit by bit. Currently she is writing a book tentatively titled Practicing Revolution: The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The book is based on first-hand research on the Revolutionary Guards’ first generation of commanders, volunteers, supporters, and critics, as they struggled to find order in chaos on a day-to-day basis.