Payam Mohseni, PhD

Lecturer on Government and Director of the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Dr. Payam Mohseni is the director of the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He also manages Visions, Harvard's online publication on all matters pertaining to global Shi'ism. He is a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and served as a lecturer on Islamic Studies at the Harvard Divinity School. At Harvard, he teaches on Iranian and Middle East politics as well as Islam, and is a multiple recipient of the Harvard Excellence in Teaching award. Mohseni is an active term member at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York and also a faculty affiliate of the Program in Islamic Law at the Harvard Law School (HLS) and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard University. Mohseni's research focuses on comparative political institutions, Iranian foreign and domestic politics, Shi'a thought and identity, Islam and sectarian conflict in the Middle East, and the politics of authoritarianism and hybrid regimes cross-regionally. He is fluent in Persian and travels frequently to Iran and the wider region. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Washington Post, among others. Mohseni previously served as the director of the Iran Project at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and co-chaired Harvard's Iran Working Group with Professor Graham Allison, which hosted prominent US and international scholars and policy-makers focusing on the Iranian nuclear negotiations and regional issues. He holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University, an MA in conflict, security, and development from the Department of War Studies at King's College London, and a BA in development studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


  • PhD Georgetown University