Why did you choose to complete your research degree at Manchester?
I had heard about the reputation of my supervisor, Chris Thornhill, and was aware more generally of the high quality of supervision and training at British universities. Since my research topic is related to constitutional law in Iran and its history, I chose the School of Law, which I don’t regret.
What’s your current research about? Why did you choose this topic?
I have always been fascinated by Iranian modern history. In particular, the Constitutional Revolution in 1906 and the Iranian Revolution in 1978/79.
Since societal transitions in Iran are closely linked to the drafting processes of new constitutions and amendments, I focus on the constitutional processes during these two Revolutions and the time in between. I elaborate on how a degree of self-reference in law can be measured and how the impact of religion on law changed during this time period.
What do you most enjoy about studying here?
I enjoy most the high level of intercultural life here in Manchester. Not only does the University have a very active Persian Society, but I also enjoy my Persian language classes, taught by a member of staff from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. This semester I also enjoyed a class of my supervisor Siavush Randjbar-Daemi about the Iranian Revolution in 1978/79.
Have you been involved in any of the Law School’s societies and events?
I attended the PGR-Conference last year and will certainly go again.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would love to move to Iran and work for the German Academic Foreign Service (DAAD) in Teheran. Also I plan to apply to different universities all over Europe and the United States in order to make my research and the interest in Iranian constitutional history more known among scholars and the public.
What advice would you give to new research students at the Law School?
To be open minded and make use of all the facilities, courses and conferences the Law School and University have to offer.