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Dr Allan Hassaniyan

Lecturer in Middle East Politics


Lecturer in Middle East Politics, with a focus on contemporary Iranian and Kurdish political and societal development.


Research interests

My research discipline falls with Political Science. I look at historical and contemporary trends and evenest shaping the 20th and 21st centuries’ development of the state and society in Iran. With a particular focus on identity politics/politics from Iran's peripheral regions, such as the country’s Kurdish region (Rojhelat/Eastern Kurdistan). All together my research interests comprise contemporary Iranian and Kurdish politics, Kurdish nationalism and national movement, and environmental and cultural activism in Kurdistan.


  I have obtained my BA and MA accordingly in Arts in Public Administration and International Politics and Global Sociology, from the University of Roskilde (RUC)/Denmark. I have obtained my PhD in Kurdish Studies from the Centre for Kurdish Studies at the University of Exeter. In my doctoral research I have examined the 20th-century’s Cross-border Iranian-Iraqi Kurdish Movements’ Interaction and effects of this interaction of the Mobilisation of the Iranian Kurdish Movement.

Prior to my lectureship I did a year of postdoctoral research, at the centre for Kurdish Studies at the Univerity of Exeter. Through this period I have researched and published studies with focus on developments as state’s securitization of the Iranian Kurdistan, and insurgency and popular uprising emerged in this region.

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