My name is Reza. I am a PhD candidate at Griffith University, Australia. My main research interest is cross-cultural analysis and ethnopragmatics, i.e. [mostly linguistic] study of the aspects of cultures as they are understood and practised by the insiders.

I am from Iran, though. I was the head of the student council at Mazandaran University, where I, as a member of the progressive student movement, voicedly demanded the rule of law and democracy. It was a costly time for me, and led to my being banned from graduate studies in Iran in 2012.

To pursue my education-related dreams, I did a master’s degree in international relations at the American Graduate school in Paris, and then I was awarded the EU Erasmus scholarship to do another master’s degree in linguistics at University of Warsaw, Poland.