Mortaza Mardiha was a professor of philosophy at Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran until 2010 and is now an independent writer. His research concentrates on political thought, particularly anarchism as an implicit political culture rather than an explicit political ideology. He has written several books, two of them about contemporary Iranian political thought and culture: The Critical Foundations of Political Thought (Nashreney Press, 2006) and In Defense of Politics (Nashreney Press, 2007). In his most recent book, The Domination of the Sex (Nashreney Press, 2009), he and his wife examine the effects of political thought on feminism.
At Radcliffe, Mardiha will study the relationship between intellectuals and political culture. He will develop his previous research and complete his studies on the subject in the case of Iran.
Mardiha earned a DEA from the Université de Toulouse and a PhD from the Université de Nantes in 1996, and he has been chosen as the best researcher at Allameh University.