Dr. Payam Mohseni is the Iran Project Director and Fellow for Iran Studies at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also a Lecturer on Government in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches Iranian and Middle East politics, and the Co-Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. A frequent traveler to Iran and fluent in Persian, Dr. Mohseni’s research focuses on the internal policymaking process of the Iranian state and the dynamics of factional politics in post-revolutionary Iran. Previously, he served as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center’s International Security Program in 2013-2014 and as a Junior Research Fellow at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies in 2012-2013. He was also a member of the Iran Study Group at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington D.C. where he analyzed the political trends and institutional contours of regime transformation in Iran. Today he continues his analysis of Iran both as a scholar and as a member of the Belfer Iran Expert Group.
Dr. Mohseni received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University where he defended his dissertation with Distinction. He obtained a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Conflict, Security, and Development from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.