Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute, an Affiliated Lecturer for the International Relations of the Modern Middle East at the University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Center at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in International Studies as a Donner Scholar of TransAtlantic Relations at the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, where she also served as Editor of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Dr. Farmanfarmaian currently teaches on the International Relations of the Middle East, New Media in the Arab World, and Identity and Conflict in Muslim society.
Her specialist knowledge has led to many influential roles. As a Briefer for the British Ministry of Defence and a regular lecturer for Madingley College at the University of Cambridge, she has addressed officers of all three branches engaged in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As an Iran area expert, she has consulted for a variety of governmental and commercial organizations, including the Bertelsmann Center for Applied Research, the US Department of Defense, the Centre of International Policy and Diplomacy (SOAS) and Lockheed Martin. Dr. Farmanfarmaian is a regular commentator on Iran and the Middle East for the media, including SKY TV, the BBC, NPR, NBC and al-Jazeera. She is a frequent guest speaker on the subject of the Middle East, with appearances at the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, the Frontline Club of London, the Committee of Foreign Relations of Salt Lake City and of Dallas, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, and the Hinkley Institute of International Affairs.
Dr. Farmanfarmaian has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; Denison College, and Brigham Young University. She is a board member of the Cambridge Review of International Studies, the European Journal of Iranian Studies, and the International Qajar Studies Association. Other memberships include the International Studies Association (ISA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the Society of Iranian Studies.