Maziyar Ghiabi

I am an Italian/Iranian social scientist, ethnographer and historian working on the nexus of politics and health. I am a Wellcome Lecturer in Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, which includes a five-year research fellowship (2021-26) working on ‘Living “Addiction” in States of Disruption’.

Prior to this post, I was research fellow at the Drugs and Disorder project in Development Studies, SOAS; and a lecturer at the University of Oxford and Titular Fellow at Wadham College; and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paris School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) and a member of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire des Enjeux Sociaux (IRIS). I obtained my Doctorate in Politics at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College) where I was a Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society and Ethics (2013–2017). I am the author of the book Drugs Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019) which won the MESA 2020 Book of the Year Nikki Keddie Award. The book is also available in Open Access format.
I am also the editor of the Special Issue on ‘Drugs, Politics and Society in the Global South’ published by Third World Quarterly.
My second monograph book is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press under the title of ‘A State without People’, to be out in 2022.

My interest falls at the crossroads of different disciplinary and intellectual fields, from medical anthropology (addicted lives), politics (drug policy and state formation), to modern social history across the Middle East and Mediterranean. In this trans-cultural space I work also on documentary making and photography as means of methodological engagement.
My contributions come in different languages, including English, French, Italian, Persian, Arabic, and Portuguese.

Part of my documentary project can be seen on Instagram: