Naysan Adlparvar is the Rice Faculty Postdoctoral Associate at the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center. He recently completed his doctoral thesis, at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies (UK), investigating the changing nature of ethnic and religious identity in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Valley. Naysan’s PhD research documented the effects of conflict and the impacts of post-2001 political reconstruction upon inter-ethnic relations in Bamyan.
Naysan’s primary research interests surround the nature of social relations in conflict-affected and transitional contexts. This includes not only research on identity, ethnicity and religious affiliation, but also examination of processes of social cohesion, peacebuilding, and issues surrounding the integration of refugees into host communities. In 2016, he published an article entitled ‘The Evolution of Ethnicity Theory: Intersectionality, Geopolitics and Development’ that discusses the development of, and potential new frontiers of research in, ethnicity theory.
In addition to his research, Naysan is teaching a seminar course entitled ’Development and Change in Iraq and Afghanistan’, which critically investigates processes of socio-political development in the post-conflict settings of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Naysan has previously worked for non-governmental organisations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq conducting research and delivering development programming. His work has focussed on poverty reduction, community development, gender, and issues pertaining to social inclusion. He currently works with UNDP in Iraq to engage minorities and vulnerable groups in political and legislative processes.