Julia Roknifard is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, where she teaches courses on international security, human security and Middle East politics.
Originally from Russia, she graduated with a degree in law from the Higher School of Economics and defended her Ph.D. in international relations at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Specialised on the Iranian studies, she is also interested in Southeast Asian regional politics, identity politics and matters of counterterrorism.
Throughout her career she worked for academia, independent think tanks, NGOs and international organizations like UNHCR. She is a contributor to Al-Monitor, SCMP, Aljazeera, local Malaysian and Russian media.