Research Staff

Mahnaz new

Researcher in the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures PAS since 2012.             


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Specialization and research interests:

 She continued to study Middle Eastern politics focusing on the rentier state – middle class interaction, as a subject related to democratic development in the region.


Academic activity:

Mahnaz Zahirinejad, graduated from Tehran University and holds an MA degree in International Relations. From 2006 to 2010, she was a Ph.D. student at Jawaharlal Nehru University and received her Ph.D. degree after defending her thesis "Iran's Energy Policy towards China and India: A Comparative Study". Since then, she has been in cooperation with the Tehran International Studies and Research Institute. She spent the academic year 2011/12 at the Warsaw University as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2012, she was a Visiting Professor at the Jagiellonian University, where she taught courses on the contemporary Middle East. Since November 2012, she has been employed as a researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Science. She was a research fellow at the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) in 2016.

She is the author and co-author of four books on the Middle East and has published many papers and articles on this area. 

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