The Writing Center at AUA's Political Science and International Affairs program provides students with the opportunity to improve on their writing skills with the help of writing tutors. Students interested in discussing drafts, reviewing comments from professors on homework assignments or class essays, creating outlines for research papers, or gaining skills on how to gather sources and complete proper citations can visit the center for assistance. Tutors at the Writing Center have a diverse background with experience ranging from sociology, political science, qualitative and quantitative writing, and more. If you are interested in visiting the Writing Center, you can make a 30 minute appointment on our website following this link . For more information on each tutor, you can find their bios below.
Inna Mirzoyan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is interested in diaspora communities and organizations. Inna’s research intersects theories within migration studies, gender studies and urban studies to ask questions about migrants’ identity and feelings of belonging. Inna’s dissertation focuses on the Armenian Diaspora in the U.S. and how its members perform transnational behavior through their participation in diaspora and political organizations in the U.S., Los Angeles, and the Washington, D.C. area. Inna also holds a specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies. Currently, as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Yerevan, Armenia, Inna is completing participant observation with diaspora organizations and conducting in-depth interviews with organization participants and staff members.
Qualitative and quantitative analysis
Born and raised in the American Midwest, Daniel Shapiro received bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Slavic Studies in 2018 from Brown University. He then received a master’s degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia from Harvard University in 2020. His research has largely focused on U.S.-Russian relations and the Caucasus: he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Ramzan Kadyrov’s post-war reconstruction of Chechnya and his graduate thesis on the views of young Russian Americanists on the future of U.S.-Russian relations. After working for Harvard Kennedy School’s Russia Matters Project and the European Leadership Network, Daniel began a Fulbright research grant in Armenia in June 2021, looking at how Armenian diaspora communities in Russia and the United States impact Armenian foreign policy balancing strategies.
Subject areas where Daniel can best be of help with writing:
Political Science (Both Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis)
Academic Writing (Theses, Papers, Articles)
Non-Academic Article Writing
Laura Prokić holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in Psychology and Philosophy from Willamette University and a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Global Leadership and Management from Portland State University. Her research interests include youth political participation and leadership, democratization, civil society, and public administration reform in transitioning democracies. From 2013-2015 she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, where she trained teachers in new teaching methods and helped local youth address their development priorities. From 2016-2019 she worked with U.S. State Department youth leadership exchange programs, helping youth from across Africa, the Middle East, South America, Central/Eastern Europe, the South Pacific, and the U.S. learn the skills needed to become community and global leaders.
She can best help you with:
Qualitative and quantitative research reports
Academic essays in the social sciences
Resumes, cover letters, grants, and project proposals
General copy editing (punctuation, grammar, spelling, word choice etc.)