About Us

First Persian online university for Social Sciences and Humanities


Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities – also known as Iran Academia - started in 2012 due to violations of right to education, academic freedom and lack of University autonomy in Social Sciences in Iran. The institution is based in The Netherlands and connects its faculty and staff across an extensive global network with a mission to encourage critical thinking and build capacity for its audince and students by increasing access to uncensored knowledge.


We aim to surpass censorship and offer educational services, especially to those who have been deprived of impartial and quality education. We do this by providing excellent learning opportunities, free of charge, through four different platforms


Graduate School


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


Educational Multimedia Platform


Publishing House for Academic Journals and Books



Nazila Ghanea

Chair of the Supervisory Board 

Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. 

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Jalil Roshandel

Chair of the Executive board 

Professor Emeritus of Political Science at East Carolina University.

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Saeed Paivandi

Chair of the Academic board

Professor of Sociology at University of Lorraine.


Nayereh Tohidi

Chair of the Examination board

Professor of Sociology at University of Lorraine.

International Honorary Board

We are greatly supported and advised by distinguished group of international scholars.
Seyla Benhabib

Seyla Benhabib

Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Yale University.
Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman

Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies, Duke University. Novelist and Playwright.
Ariel Dorfman

❤ Nawal El Saadawi (Remembering)

Writer and feminist scholar, Founder and President of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights.
Ariel Dorfman

Edgar Morin 

Sociologist and Philosopher, Emeritus Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). 
Ariel Dorfman

Sari Nusseibeh 

Professor of Political Philosophy and former President of al-Quds University in Jerusalem. 
Ariel Dorfman

Peter Singer 

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. 


The EU Active Citizens of Europe-Awards in 2015 for contributions to sustainable development and global justice.

Nominated by Scholars at Risk for 2018 UNESCO ICT in Education Prize.