Amir H. Mahdavi
Amir Mahdavi is an AM candidate studying Middle East politics. He earned a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University, and he accepted a grant for best student research in the field of negotiation from Harvard Law School. His research concentration in the past three years focused on political conflicts in the Middle East related to Iranian domestic and foreign politics. He served two years as a researcher at Brandeis' Crown Center for Middle East Studies, where he worked on the political history of the Iran Revolution of 1979 under the supervision of Professor Naghmeh Sohrabi. At CMES, Amir plans to study Middle East history and politics, quantitative methods of political analysis, and the Arabic language. He is preparing to write his AM thesis on the political and economic conflicts between Iran and its regional Arab rivals. Amir has published three Middle Eastern Briefs at the Crown Center along with op-eds in The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Al-Monitor. Additionally, his papers have been accepted for international conferences for the International Studies Association, International Society of Iranian Studies, and the International Organization for Conflict Management. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Management and worked for a decade as a journalist and chief editor. A recipient of Iran's national journalism award in 2004, he has published many op-eds and stories throughout his career.