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Ali Massoud Ansari
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Ali Massoud Ansari

(1967-11-24) 24 November 1967 (age 55)
Alma mater University College London
King's College London
School of Oriental and African Studies
Spouse(s) Marjon Esfandiary
Scientific career
Fields Iranian studies
Institutions University of St Andrews
Thesis Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi & the myth of imperial authority (1998)

Ali Massoud Ansari FRSE (Persian: علی مسعود انصاری, born 24 November 1967 in Rome) is the Professor in Modern History with reference to the Middle East at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he is also the founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies.

Education and career

Ansari was educated at Col.Brown Cambridge School Dehara Dun, Royal Russell School, University College London (BA), King's College London (MA), and obtained his PhD from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

He is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and sits on the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS). He is a regular speaker at conferences and events regarding Iran, including "Iran's New Parliament" at the New America Foundation. His work appears in The Guardian, The Independent, and the New Statesman, among other publications.


In March 2016 Ansari was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy for science and letters.

Family life

Ansari is the son of Mariam Dariabegi and Mohammad Ali Massoud Ansari, cousin of Farah Pahlavi. He married Marjon Esfandiary in 2010, after which he had a celebration held at Chatham House.

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