Mahdis Azarmandi

Senior LecturerMahdis Azarmandi

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership (BYCL) Programme Coordinator (Semester 1)
Rehua R520
Internal Phone: 90129


Research Interests

My research is located at the intersections of Peace and Conflict Studies and Critical Race and Whiteness studies. I am particularly interested in questions of social justice and anti-racism. I am interested in epistemologies of ignorance and how they are reproduced within social justice movement. My work draws from intersectionality and critical race theory as well as decolonial theory.
In addition to my work on antiracism, I write on the politics of memorialization with a specific focus on colonial monuments and the violence they reproduce.

Recent Publications

  • Azarmandi M. (2022) The Limits of Pākehā Treaty Work: Why Race Matters to Anti-Racism. In Tecun A; Lopesi L; Sankar A (Ed.), Towards a Grammar of Race in Aotearoa: 124-136.Bridget Williams Books.
  • Azarmandi M. and Rexhepi P. (2022) Decolonial migrant claims to the metropole. Views from two Mediterranean cities. European Cities Modernity, Race and Colonialism: 171-191. Manchester:
  • Azarmandi M. and Tolbert S. (2022) On the non-performativity of ‘being-well’ - a critique of institutional well-being policy.. In Kamp A; Brown C; McMenamin T; O'Toole V (Ed.), Wellbeing: Global Policies and Perspectives Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand and Beyond: 205-224.Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Azarmandi M., Abu Assad N. and Shroff S. (2022) Coloniality of Feminist Peace: A Critical Conversation on Raciality and Carceral Politics of Empire. Feminist Conversations on Peace: 17-33.Policy Press.
  • Tolbert S., Azarmandi M. and Brown C. (2022) A modest proposal for a pedagogy of Alienation.. In Jandrić P; Ford D (Ed.), Postdigital Ecopedagogies Genealogies, Contradictions, and Possible Futures: 195-212.Springer Nature.