My name is Mariam Salehi and I am a researcher at the intersection of peace and conflict studies, international politics, and international political sociology. I am broadly interested in (conflictive) internationalised processes of change, (transitional) justice and the production and circulation of knowledge and ideas. I mostly work with interpretive research approaches and collect original data through qualitative methods, such as interviews and (participant) observation.

I am currently a research group leader at Freie Universität Berlin. Previously, I was A.SK Postdoctoral Fellow in the Global Governance Unit at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and a Research Associate at the Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg. I am also involved in the SEPAD project at Lancaster University.

My academic work informs policy advice for federal ministries, political foundations and development agencies. My writing for the broader public, in English and German, has for example been published in The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage or Internationale Politik.

As a doctoral researcher, I worked in the research network Re-Configurations: History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa at the University of Marburg, which was funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. Some results of the network’s research are published open access. My doctoral dissertation on the Tunisian transitional justice process won the 2019 dissertation award of the German Middle East Studies Association.

I hold an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in European Studies from the University of Bremen. During my bachelor’s, I spent a semester at Sciences Po Lille.