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    Dr Evaleila Pesaran

    01223 762280
    Murray Edwards College
    New Hall
    University of Cambridge
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in Politics and International Relations; Director of Studies; Tutor

    Human Social and Political Science (HSPS)


    At Murray Edwards, we are positively encouraged to walk on the grass. This is very different from most other Cambridge colleges, where the lawns are forbidden territories! For me, the freedom and openness that we find in the College gardens is a reflection of the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere that can be found across the College. It's a great place to teach and conduct my research.

    Degrees and honours

    BA Oriental Studies (Persian), University of Oxford (Wadham College); MSc Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; PhD Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London.

    Awards and Prizes

    Newton Trust CTO Research Leave, 2018-19

    2021 Aaron Rapport Prize

    Research interests 

    My research focuses on relations of power and resistance in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran. I am especially interested in exploring the impacts of foreign economic involvement in the region on Iran's international relations as well as its domestic politics.


    I have been directing studies and supervising for a number of Politics and International Relations papers here at Murray Edwards ever since I joined the College in 2007. I especially enjoy teaching for the Part I papers in these subjects, as they allow me to explore core concepts and themes with my students. During my time at Murray Edwards, I have also served on a number of committees, including College Council, and I have provided pastoral support to our students as a Tutor for a number of years. In 2019-20, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve as Deputy Senior Tutor.


    Iran's Struggle for Economic Independence: Reform and Counter-Reform in the Post-Revolutionary Era, (London: Routledge, 2011 and 2013).

    'Challenges Facing the Iranian Economy' in R. Parsi (ed.) Iran: A Revolutionary Republic in Transition (Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, 2012).

    'Ideals, Interests, and Economic Liberalization in the Islamic Republic of Iran', in E. Hooglund and L. Stenberg (eds.), Navigating Contemporary Iran - Challenging Economic, Social and Political Perceptions (London: Routledge, 2012).

    'Towards an Anti-Western Stance: The Economic Discourse of Iran’s 1979 Revolution', Iranian Studies, Vol. 41, No. 5, December 2008, pp. 693-718.