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Payam Ghalehdar

DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow



Dr. Payam Ghalehdar is a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His research interests span US foreign policy, grand strategy, and the role of emotions in foreign policy decision-making. His first book The Origins of Overthrow, which claims that US regime change interventions have been a consequence of the impact of emotional frustration on presidential decision-making, is forthcoming in 2021 with Oxford University Press. At SAIS, he looks at the role of transatlantic emotional attachments in the founding of NATO.
Payam obtained his Ph.D. from the European University Institute. Prior to joining the Kissinger Center, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, a Research Fellow with the International Security Program in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Göttingen.