Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan
Program Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. Vahram Ter-MatevosyanProgram Chair and Associate Professor
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan specializes in Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security and Conflicts in the post-Soviet Space. He has received his Dr. Philosophy Degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), Master’s degree from Lund University (Sweden), Candidate of historical sciences degree from the Institute of Oriental Studies and Yerevan State University (Armenia). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010) and Visiting Doctoral Student at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005). He authored an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001” in 2008 and co-authored “History of Turkish Republic” in 2014. His research articles have been published in “Nations and Nationalism”, “Europe-Asia Studies”, “Turkish Studies”, “Middle Eastern Studies”, “Insight Turkey”, “Eurasian Geography and Economics”, “Turkish Review”, “Caucasus  Survey”, “Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies”, “Iran and the Caucasus”, “Diaspora Studies”, “Études Arméniennes Contemporaines”, “Caucasus Analytical Digest”, “UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program Occasional Papers”, Contemporary Eurasia etc.


Program Chair and Associate Professor
Director of Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis

Dr. Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway
Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS, Yerevan
MA, Lund University, Sweden
BA, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Office location
105W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 70

Office hours
Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security, Conflicts in the post-Soviet Space

Courses currently taught

  • PSIA282 Survey of Regional Politics
  • PSIA311 Caucasus Regional Politics
  • PSIA324 Security Policy
  • PSIA360 Armenian Politics
  • PSIA364 Middle East Politics

Research Database IDs

ORCID: 0000-0002-2212-0391
SCOPUS Author ID: 36599336300
Researcher ID-N-4267-2017

Research Activities/Projects

  • SCOPE – “Religion and soft power: Religious Communities in the South Caucasus as Objects of External Influences”
  • NUPI – “Research Beyond the Ivory Tower: Policy and Communication Training for University Teams”

Selected Publications


Islam in the Social and Political life of Turkey (1970-2001)”. Yerevan. Limush Press. 2008

Edited Volumes

  • “Turkish Soft Power Politics in Georgia: Making Sense of Political and Cultural Implications”, ed. Ansgar Jodicke in Religion and Soft Power in the South Caucasus, London, Routledge, 2018, 21-41
  • “Armenian Foreign Policy: Problems of Institutional Developments” in Armenia’s Foreign Policy: Some Perspectives Stephan Astourian. UC Berkley Armenian Studies Program Occasional Papers. 2016. 55-77  (coauthor Anna Drnoian)
  • “Turkish Policy in Georgia: Social and Economic Implications of Integration Projects”, in View Across the Border: Policy and Society in Georgia and Armenia, ed. T. Turmanidze, Tbilisi, BST GMF, 2014, pp. 23-41 (in Russian)
  • “Military intervention. Reforms (1980-1995)”, in History of Turkish Republic, ed. R. Safrastyan, Yerevan, Yerevan State University Publication, 2014, pp. 237-277 (in Armenian)
  • “Crisis of the Political System. The period of the Justice and Development Party (1996-2011)”, in History of Turkish Republic, ed. R. Safrastyan, Yerevan, Yerevan State University Publication, 2014, pp. 294-354 (in Armenian)
  • “Reviewing Armenia’s National Security Strategy: Challenges and Reality” in Conference Proceedings “Regional Security Dynamics In The Caucasus”, Limush Press, Yerevan, 2012, pp. 95-104

Articles in Peer-Reviewed journals

  • “Armenia in the Eurasian Economic Union: Reasons for Joining and its Consequences”, Eurasian Geography and Economics,  58, no. 3, pp. 340-360 (coauthors Anna Drnoian, Narek Mkrtchyan, Tigran Yepremyan)
  • “Praying under Restrictions: Islam, Identity and Social Change in Azerbaijan”, Europe-Asia Studies,  69, no. 5, pp. 819-837 (coauthor Nelly Minasyan)
  • “Turkish Transformation and the Soviet Union: Navigating through the Soviet Historiography on Kemalism”, Middle Eastern Studies,2017, vol. 53, no. 2, pp.281-296
  • “Institutions and Identity Politics in the Armenian Diaspora: The Cases of Russia and Lebanon”, Diaspora Studies,2017, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 64-80 (coauthors H. Danielyan, V. Sisserian, N. Kankanyan, N Shorjian).
  • “Track two Diplomacy between Armenia and Turkey: Achievements and Limitations”, Caucasus Analytical Digest, 2016, July, no. 86, pp. 3-6.
  • “The Kars-Akhalkalaki railway project: Why Armenia Should Revisit its Position”, Turkish Review, 2016, vol. 6, no. 3: pp. 130-135.
  • “Kemalism and Communism: From Cooperation to Complication”, Turkish Studies. 16. no. 4, pp. 510-526.
  • “Turkish Experience with Totalitarianism and Fascism: Tracing the Intellectual Origins”, Iran and the Caucasus, 2015, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 387-401.
  • “Armenia and the Ukrainian Crisis: Finding the Middle Ground”. Caucasus Analytical Digest. December 2014, no. 67–68, pp. 14-17.
  • “Cooperation paradigms in the South Caucasus and beyond: Making Sense of Turkish-Georgian relations”, Études Arméniennes Contemporaines,2014, no. 4, pp. 103-125.
  • “The Rebirth of Turkish Studies in Armenia”, Turkish Review, 2014, vol. 4, no.3, pp. 350-351.
  • “Framing National Security Objectives: The Cases of Azerbaijan and Georgia”. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 2013. vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 325-340.
  • “The Armenian Community and the AK Party: Finding Trust under the Crescent”. Insight Turkey. 2010, vol. 12/4, pp. 93-111.
Dr. Donald Fuller
Senior Professor
Dr. Donald FullerSenior Professor
Donald E. Fuller received an A.B. degree in Social Psychology from Colgate University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Administration, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management, Denver, Colorado, and holds a certificate as Interpreter in Russian, from the U.S. Navy Language School. He taught 19 years at the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration, eight years at the American University of Armenia during which he was a Fulbright professor for one year; thirteen years at the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic including two years in the Faculty of Social and Economic Science, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. He is Professor Emeritus at American University of Armenia and recently has been a Senior Professor at AUA in Political Science and International Affairs.  Most recently he served as Interim Provost, American University of Armenia. His research interests are in political economy and governance. He has published articles, book chapters and conference papers in these fields.

Senior Professor

Education, Degree
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Office location
137W PAB


(+374 60) 61 25 26

Office hours
By appointment

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Political Science, Public Administration, Political Economy, Public Policy

Courses currently taught

  • PSIA273 Geopolitics of Europe
  • PSIA323 International Governance
  • PSIA326 Theories of Globalization
  • PSIA371 EU and the World
  • PSIA315 Foundations of Public Policy
  • CHSS181 Introduction to Sociology

Selected Publications


  • Kenney, John P., Dan G. Pursuit, Donald E. Fuller and Robert J. Barry.  Police Work with Juveniles and the Administration Of Justice, Sixth edition. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1980; Seventh edition, 1989; Eighth edition, 1995.
  • Lawson, Harry O., H.J.R. Ackerman and Donald E. Fuller, Personnel Administration in the Courts.  Boulder, Colorado. Westview Press, 1979.
  • Lawson, Harry O., H.R. Ackerman, Jr. and Donald E. Fuller. Personnel Administration in the Courts. Washington, D.C.: The American University, 1978.

Chapters in books:

  • “Impact of the 2007-2010 Recession on Central and Eastern Europe and the Solution Dilemma,” in Jurak, A.P. and Pinteric, U. (eds.) (2010), Contemporary World between Freedom and Security, Ljubljana: Zalozba Vega, ISBN 978-961-92951-1-3.
  • Policy Implications for Visegrad Four Countries in Potential  Policy Spaces Deriving from Demographic Change as a ‘Systemic Variable,’ in Starovoa, K. and Vass, L. (eds) (2009), Public Policy and Administration: Challenges and Synergies, Bratislava, Slovakia: Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, ISBN 978-80-89013-43-2.
  • “Impact of Recession, 2007-2009, on Central/Eastern Europe and CIS,” in Pinteric, U., et al. (eds), (2009), Global Instability Reflections, Ljubljana:Vega, ISBN:  978-961-92649-3-5.
  • “Democracy and Democracy Promotion: World Tendencies and Regional Experiences,” in Sergi, B.S. and Bagatelas, W.T. (eds), (2007), Economic and Political Development Ethics and Beyond,  Bratislava: IURA Edition, Spol.s.r.o.
  • “Vertical and Horizontal Strains on Administrative and Policy Vectors in Structures Affecting and Affected by Supranational Impacts: The Case of the EU, Its Member States and the World Trade Organization,” in B. Guy Peters, Georg Sootla and Bernadette Connaughton (eds), 2006, Politico-Administrative Dilemma: Traditional Problems and New Solutions, Bratislava, Slovakia: Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • “Analyzing Policy Formulation in the Czech Republic: The Case of the Temelin Nuclear Reactor,” in Bryane Michael, Rainer Kattel and Wolfgang Drechsler, (eds), Enhancing the Capacities to Govern: Challenges Facing the Central and European Countries, Selected Papers from the 11th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania 2003, Bratislava: NISPAcee, 2004.
  • “Privatization: A Comparative Focus,” in Randall Baker (ed.), Comparative Public Management.  Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1994.
  • “Personnel System Operations in Judicial Administration,” in Steven W. Hays and Cole B. Graham, Jr. (eds). Handbook of Court Administration and Management.  New York: Marcel Dekker, 1993.


  • Transformation of the Visegrad Four: Potential Ingredients for System Change,” Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, Slovenian Association for Innovative Political Science, Vol. 2,  No. 1, January, 2009, ISBN1855-0541, at http://www.sidip-org/iass
  • “Professionalizmi I Vidpovidal’nist,” Uriadory: Kurier, May 27, 1993, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Fuller, Donald E. and Dan Pursuit.  “Guidelines for Improvement Of the Juvenile Justice System.”  The National Sheriff, 31 (4), 1979.
  • Harry O. Lawson, Donald Fuller and Nancy B. Elkind. “Education in Judicial Administration.”  National Shorthand Reporter, 39 (9), 1978.
  • Harry O Lawson, H.R. Ackerman, Jr. and Donald E. Fuller. “Unionizing the Courts.” The Judges Journal, 17 (4), 1978.
Dr. Simon Clarke
Associate Professor
Dr. Simon ClarkeAssociate Professor

Simon R. Clarke specializes in political philosophy and the history of political thought. He studied at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and received his doctorate from Oxford University. Before joining AUA, he taught at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and Asian University for Women (Bangladesh) and has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton University. He is the author of Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-Based Arguments Against Paternalism (Routledge, 2012) as well as articles published in the Journal of Political PhilosophyPolitical StudiesEthical Perspectives, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

Associate Professor

Education, Degree
MA, University of Auckland
DPhil, University of Oxford

Office location
135W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 73

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Political Theory, History of Political Thought

Courses currently taught
PSIA300 Western Political Thought
PSIA383 Contemporary Political Philosophy
PSIA385 Global Justice
PSIA201 Political Philosophy

Book: Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-Based Arguments Against Paternalism (New York and Oxford: Routledge 2012).

Recent Articles

  • ‘Mill, Liberty, and Euthanasia’ Philosophy Now, Oct/Nov 2015, p. 12-13.
  • ‘Consequential Neutrality Revivifiedʼ, in Daniel Weinstock and Roberto Merrill (eds.) Political Neutrality: A Re-evaluation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • ʻA Trust-Based Argument Against Paternalismʼ, in Pekka Makela and Cynthia Townley, editors, Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives (New York: Editions Rodopi, 2013).
  • ʻProphylactic Neutrality, Oppression, and the Reverse Pascalʼs Wagerʼ, Ethical Perspectives, 19/2, 2012, pp. 527-535.

Personal webpage

Dr. Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan
Assistant Professor
Dr. Yevgenya Jenny PaturyanAssistant Professor

Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan specializes and has interest in the sphere of civil society, political culture, volunteering, democratization of post-communist countries, research methodology and corruption. She received her PhD in Political Science from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to joining AUA, she worked at Eurasia Partnership foundation and at Caucasus Research Resource Centers – Armenia. She is the team leader of a four-year research project about Armenian civil society and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jenny Paturyan is an AUA PSIA alumna.

Assistant Professor

Education, Degree
PhD, Jacobs University Bremen

Office location
137W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 75

Office hours
Varies depending on teaching schedule. Also by appointment.

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Democracy and Democratization, Civil Society, Corruption, Research Methodology

Courses currently taught

  • PSIA344 Public Policy Analysis
  • PSIA384 Civil Society and Social Capital
  • PSIA310 Comparative Politics
  • PSIA101 Introduction to Political Science

Research Activities/Projects

  • “Armenian Civil Society after 20 Years of Transition: Still Post-Communist?”
  • “Civic Activism as a Novel Component of Armenian Civil Society: New Energy and Tensions”


  • Paturyan, Yevgenya. 2015. “Armenian Civil Society: It is Not All About NGOs.” Caucasus Analytical Digest 73: 2-5.
  • Paturyan, Yevgenya, Valentina Gevorgyan, and Mariam Matevosyan. 2014. “Is ‘Googling’ a Technique? What the Internet Can Tell Us about the Non-Governmental Sector in Armenia.” Haigazian Armenological Review 34 (July): 257–67.
  • Paturyan, Yevgenya, and Valentina Gevorgyan. 2014. “Trust towards NGOs and Volunteering in South Caucasus: Civil Society Moving Away from Post-Communism?” Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 14 (2): 239-62.
  • Paturyan, Yevgenya. 2011. “(Dis)Trusting People and Political Institutions in Armenia.” Caucasus Analytical Digest 31: 6-10.
  • Paturyan, Yevgenya. 2011. Civil Society and Democracy: Disentangling Mutual Influences. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller: Saarbrücken.
  • Paturyan Yevgenya and Jrbashyan Nairuhi. 2011. “Perceptions of Corruption in Armenia: Growing Disappointment and Detachment?” In Adam Hug (ed) Spotlight on Armenia. London: The Foreign Policy Centre. Pp 29-35.
Dr. Arthur Drampian
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Dr. Arthur DrampianAdjunct Senior Lecturer

Arthur Drampian is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has been affiliated with AUA since 1998. Dr. Drampian’s primary areas of interest are decentralization and local governance, public finance and budgeting, local economic development, environmental policy, public participation in government decision-making. Arthur Drampian holds PhD degree in Biology from Moscow State University (1987) and Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, Massachusetts (1997). Dr. Drampian’s publications on municipal finance and local government issues were published in Armenia and foreign journals.

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Education, Degree
MA, Brandeis University
PhD, Moscow State University

Office location
136W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 71

Office hours
Saturday, 11-12 am

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Public finance, local governance, intergovernmental finance, decentralization policy, environmental science and policy, development policy and practice, sustainable development

Courses currently taught

  • PSIA 343 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PSIA 347 Environmental Science
Dr. Vache Gabrielyan
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Vache GabrielyanAdjunct Associate Professor

Vache Gabrielyan specializes in public administration and economics. He studied at the Yerevan State University and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from Rutgers University. He has served as Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia (2008-2010), Minister of Finance (2010-2012), Minister-Chief of Government Staff (2013-2014), Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister (May – November 2014), as well as the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, and the Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms (2014-2018). Dr. Vache Gabrielyan is the author of a number of scientific papers published in Armenia and abroad.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Education, Degree
PhD, Rutgers University

Office location
136W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 71

Office hours
By appointment

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Public Administration, Public Policy

Courses currently taught
PSIA 302 Graduate Research and Scholarly Writing in the Social Sciences
PSIA 345 Development Policy and Strategy
PSIA 340 Introduction to Public Administration

Selected Publications

Books and Symposia:

  • Red Tape from Red Square: Bureaucratic Commentary in Soviet Graphic Satirical Art, with Marc Holzer, Iryna Illiash and Lyudmila Kuznetsova, National Sector for Public Productivity, 2010.
  • “Bureaucracy on the Silver Screen: A World-Wide Perspective.” Co-editor: Marc Holzer, Public Voices, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2000).
  • “Post-Soviet Bureaucracy: Change and Continuity,” Co-editor: Marc Holzer, special issue of the International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 22, No. 1, 1999.

Articles (Peer Reviewed Journals):

  • “Discourse in Comparative Policy Analysis: Privatization Policies in Britain, Russia and the United States,” Policy and Society, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2006, pp. 47-75.
  • “The Origins and Transformation of Policy Ideas: Case study: Education Law of Armenia’with Gayane Selimyan, NISPAcee Occassional Papers,Volume IV – No. 3 Summer 2003.
  • “Investing in Corporate Securities: Prospects in Armenia,” with Gnel Sahakyan, Information Technologies and Management, No. 2, 2002, pp. 212-225 (in Armenian).
  • “The Rise and Fall of Soviet Screen Bureaucrat,” Public Voices, 2000. Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2000, pp. 61-72.
  • “Post-Communist Bureaucracies: Organizational Modes of Transition,” International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 22, No. 1, 1999, pp. 69-99.
  • “Public Administration in Ancient China: Practice and Theory,” Public Voices, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 1996, pp. 25-44.

Chapters and Book articles:

  • “Challenges of Economics and Armenian Economy,” in Yerevan State University Department of Economics Yearbook, Yerevan: YSU Publishing, 2013, pp. 5-11 (in Armenian).
  • “Introduction” and “Government Regulation of Banking,” in Asatryan, Bagrat (ed.) Banking, Second edition, Yerevan: Gir Publishers, 2013, pp. 16-22 and 443-458 (in Armenian).
  • Vache Gabrielyan and Gayane Selimyan, “Public Management Reforms: Armenia,” in Bouckaert Geert, Nemec Juraj, Nakrosis Vitalis, Hajnal Gyorgy, Tonnisson Kristiina (Eds.) Public Management Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe. NISPAcee Press, Bratislava, 2009, pp. 27-50.
  • “Qualitative Research Methods: An Overview,” with Kaifeng Yang and Susan Spice, in Gerald J. Miller and Kaifeng Yang (eds.). Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, New York: Second edition, New York: CRC Press, 2007, pp. 141-171.
  • “Five Great Ideas of American Public Administration,” with Marc Holzer, and Kaifeng Yang in Rabin, Jack, Hildreth, W. B. and Gerald J. Miller (eds.). Handbook of Public Administration, Third edition, New York: CRC Press, 2007, pp. 49-103.
  • “Comparative and International Administration,” with George M. Guess, in Rabin, Jack et al. (eds.), Handbook of Public Administration, Third edition, New York: CRC Press, 2007, pp. 565-605.
  • “Capital Account Liberalization Experiences in Armenia,” with Armine Khachatryan, in Bakker, Age F.P. and Bryan Chapple (eds). Capital Liberalization in Transition Countries: Lessons from the Past and for the Future. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003.
  • International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration. Jay Shafritz, Editor-in-Chief.  Harper-Collins/Westview Press. 1998. Author/co-author of the following entries:“Outsourcing,” pp. 1590-1596.
    “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis,” pp. 563-566.
  • “Reforming Eastern European Bureaucracy: Does American Experience Apply?” with Frank Fischer, in Asmerom, Haile K. and Reis E. (eds.) Democratization and Bureaucratic Neutrality: Experience From Developed and Third World; London: MacMillan; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996, pp. 109-127.
Dr. Hovhannes Nikoghosyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Hovhannes NikoghosyanAdjunct Lecturer

Hovhannes Nikoghosyan specializes in global order and international security, and has keen interest and research experience in human rights and armed conflicts, international criminal responsibility for erga omnes crimes, as well as Responsibility to Protect. He is a graduate of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University with MA in International Relations and PhD in Political Science (2011). Before joining AUA in January 2015, he worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington DC), Magdalena Yesil Visiting Scholar at Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University (Durham, NC) and has completed an Advanced Certificate Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, MA). Between May 2017 and April 2018 he served as Aide to the President of the Republic of Armenia. Dr. Nikoghosyan is author of a number of peer-reviewed papers and expert reports published in Armenia and abroad.

Adjunct Lecturer

Education, Degree
PhD, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (2011)
Visiting Scholar, Duke University (2012-13)
Advanced Certificate Program in Public Administration, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2014)

Office location
135W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 2673

Office hours
Weds, 10-11am, by appointment

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Human rights in armed conflicts, international security, strategic communications, Responsibility to Protect

Courses currently taught
PSIA320 International Relations
PSIA335 International Conflicts in XXI Century
PSIA 367 Government, Politics and the Media

Research Activities/Projects
“Foreign policy-making in parliamentary republics: The case of the Republic of Armenia” –  AUA Faculty Research Grant (2016-17)

Selected publications

Dr. Gurgen Aslanyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Gurgen AslanyanAdjunct Lecturer

Gurgen Aslanyan specializes in Public Economics, Population Economics, Economics of Reforms, Economics of Education

Dr Gurgen Aslanyan has served as an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia since 2016. Currently he is a Teaching Fellow at CERGE-EI Prague and a Researcher at the Economics Laboratory of the Ural Federal University. Prior to that he has been teaching (classroom, seminars, trainings) in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, Russia, the UK, and the US. Dr Aslanyan is a Development Economist with a focus on policy evaluation. Over the years he has consulted private and public sector, such as the Central Bank of Armenia, and as a researcher has been affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and the Czech Academy of Sciences. Dr Gurgen Aslanyan has presented his research and published internationally, is a recipient of various awards, and currently is elected to serve as the President of the Armenian Economic Association.

He holds dual doctorate degree from the Charles University in Prague and the University of the State of New York.

Adjunct Lecturer

Education, Degree
BSc in Economics, Yerevan State University
MA in Economics, CERGE-EI
PhD  in Economics, CERGE-EI and Charles University

Office location
Paramaz Avedisian Building



Office hours

Areas of research and teaching specialization

Areas of research: Public Economics, Population Economics, Economics of Reforms, Economics of Education
Areas of teaching: Economic Development and Growth, Labour Economics, Micro- and Micro-Economics, Public Economics, Inernational Economics

Course(s) currently taught

PSIA 352 Economics for Political Science
Bus 233: Public Finance
Econ 228: Economics of Development
Econ 225: International Economics
Econ 229: Special Topics (Policy Evaluation)

Research projects:

  • Non-Selective Migration and Unfunded Public Pensions: Can They Coexist?
  • Melting Pot v Cultural Mosaic: Dynamic Public Finance Approach
  • Financial Literacy and Behaviour: Quasi-Experimental Study (with Derdzyan and Mkhitaryan)
  • Multinationals, Competition and R&D investments (with Torosyan and Levonyan)
  • Bank Reforms and Real Economy: Utilising Synthetic Controls

Published research:

  • Migration Challenge for PAYG, Journal of Population Economics, doi: 10.1007/s00148-014-0516-x

Awards and honours:

  • Alumni Hero Award, CERGE-EI, 2016
  • Armen Alchian Award, Armenian Economic Association, 2014
  • Best Paper Prize, Warsaw International Economic Meeting, 2011

PSIA Former Faculty

Aleksandr Grigoryan
MBA Program Chair, Associate Professor
Aleksandr GrigoryanMBA Program Chair, Associate Professor

Aleksandr Grigoryan has a PhD from University of Turin and a Master Diploma from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, both from the economics field. Starting in 2009, he has worked at the Research Department in the Central Bank of Armenia and has been teaching at the American University of Armenia (AUA), School of Political Science and International Affairs.  Since April 2012, he has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of Business and Economics and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia. In August 2014, Dr. Grigoryan has been appointed as a chair of the Master of Business Administration program, at the College of Business and Economics.

Aleksandr Grigoryan is very active in research and publishes in peer-reviewed journals regularly. He has publications in Journal of Income Distribution and Eastern European Economics, among others. His research covers topics from development economics such as income distribution, migration, transformation of industry structure etc. Dr. Grigoryan has solid research consultancy experience, working with international and Armenian research organizations.

Aleksandr Grigoryan is an Affiliate Fellow of CERGE-EI since 2013. He is a board member of the Armenian Economic Association (AEA) and served as the AEA president in 2015-2017.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 1987
  • Master of Business Administration, Adelphi University, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Graduate Industrial School of Economics, 1979

Phone: 060 61 26 14

Website: algrigoryan.weebly.com

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Dr. Arpie Balian
Dr. Arpie BalianProfessor

Arpie Balian specializes in public administration, policy planning and development. She studied at the American University of Beirut, American University in Washington, D.C., and received her doctorate in policy, planning and development from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining AUA, she has taught in various institutions in Armenia and abroad and also has served as director of planning, budget, and evaluation in the U.S. government. Dr. Arpie Balian is the author of numerous studies and publications on policy analysis, evaluation and development. Her current studies include Globalization and national identity; Motivations of individuals to run for office, and Social impact of migration.


Education, Degree
PhD, University of Southern California


Areas of research and teaching specialization

Local government / development / governance
Research methods; Policy and program evaluation; Development

Research Activities/Projects

  • Key Drivers of Public Trust in Developing Nations (current)
  • The National Identity Debate (current)
  • The Role of Armenian Women in a Globalized World (current)

Conference presentations

  • 3rd Tempus, International Conference: Strategic Management of Human Resources, October 2016 (Moderator)
  • 3rd AAWH International Conference: U.S. Declaration of Independence, 240, October 2016. (Presenter: An Interpretation of the Preamble of the U.S. Declaration of Independence Using the Writings of John Locke)
  • 7th AIWA International Conference, 2014 (Panel Moderator and Presenter of paper on Women in Policy Making in a Globalized World)
  • AUA Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference, 2012 (Conference Organizer & Principal Moderator)


  • EU Launching Conference & Partnership Forum, Constanta, Romania Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020, July 2016
  • World Bank-Mission Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia                           Symposium on Strengthening the Livelihood of Vulnerable Populations, June 2016
  • Summative Evaluation of the WB-funded Strengthening the Livelihood and Voice of Poor and Vulnerable People in Armenia (proprietary), May 2016
  • Evaluation of the UNDP Innovation for Development and ATI through Social Innovation Projects (proprietary), May 2016
  • Evaluation of the UNDP Community Development Project (proprietary). Formative Evaluation of UNDP Building Resilient Communities Program (proprietary), May 2016
  • Armenian General Benevolent Union Convention, March 2015        Panelist: Nation-State Building
  • The Concept of Clustering in Development: Challenges and Benefits (Commissioned Study), 2010.
  • Summative Evaluation of Rural Program for Children with Special Needs, Mission East (Commissioned Study), 2009.
  • The Challenges of the Millennium Development Goals for Developing Nations, UNESCAP 2008.
  • The State of Income and Employment Generation Programs within Millennium Development Goals, 2007.
  • Measuring Development Progress, UNESCAP 2007.
  • Clustering in Rural Development: A New Model for Optimizing Use of Resources and Community Assets, 2006.
  • Strategic Management in a Performance-Based Organization, USC 2005.
  • Does Changing the Examination Process Affect Pendency: A Formative Process Evaluation, USPTO, 2004.
  • The Impact of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 on U.S. Civil Service, USPTO, 2003.
  • Does a New Form of Governance Change Management Attitudes in the Civil Service, Commissioned White Paper, USPTO, 2002.
  • Would Performance-Based Management Work in the Public Sector? USPTO, 2002.
  • Re-engineering the Federal Budget Process, USDOC, 1998.
  • A New Approach for Improving USG Procurement. USDOC, Washington, D.C., 1996.
  • Budgeting for GPRA: Creating a Government that Works Better and Costs Less. USDOC, Washington, D.C., 1995.
  • Toward a New Accountability Framework in the Third Sector. Commissioned study, ARS Inc., 1991.
Khachig Derghukassian
Adjunct Professor
Khachig DerghukassianAdjunct Professor
Lucig Danielian
Former Program Chair
Lucig DanielianFormer Program Chair
Douglas Shmavon
Former Program Chair
Douglas ShmavonFormer Program Chair
Syuzanna Vasilyan
Assistant Professor
Syuzanna VasilyanAssistant Professor
Vigen Sargsyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Vigen SargsyanAdjunct Lecturer
Lusine Galajian
Adjunct Lecturer
Lusine GalajianAdjunct Lecturer