2016 - present: Deputy Head of the Doctoral Degrees Conferral Specialized Commission in Political Science
2012 - 2016: Member of the Specialized Commission»
2010: Doctor of Sciences Degree (Dr. Habil.) in Political Science Areas of Concentration: Post-Soviet Politics, Semipresidentialism, Regimes and democratization in NIS. Dissertation Title: Semipresidentialism in the Post-Soviet Region
1996: Candidate of Philosophical Sciences Degree
Areas of Concentration: Theories of Democracy, Forms of Democratic Government, Democratic Transitions, Executive-Legislative Relations, Electoral Systems in Armenia and other NIS countries. Dissertation Title: “The Legislative Authority of the Republic of Armenia During the Process of Founding Independent Statehood”
1993 - 1996: Post-graduate student (Aspirant), Yerevan State University, Department of Political Science
1994 Institute Certificate received for participation in three-week intensive graduate program of studies in the Social Science held under auspices of the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (New York) and in collaboration with International Cultural Center. Krakow, Poland.
1988 - 1993: Yerevan State University, Faculty of History. Diploma of Higher Education. Graduation with Distinction.
1990 - 1991: One year study abroad. Makerere University, Art Faculty, Kampala, Uganda.
2008 - present: Deputy Vice Rector for Scientific Policy and International Cooperation and
Head, International Cooperation Office, Yerevan State University.
Management and overall responsibility for YSU international academic, educational and scientific collaboration. Supervision of the activities of International Relations, Grants, Diaspora and Foreign Students Departments.
Member of YSU Academic Council, YSU Rectorate and Rector’s Council.
Member of YSU strategic planning committee (SPC)
In 2006 - 2008: Head, International Cooperation Office, Yerevan State University.
2012 - present: Member of the Doctoral Degrees Conferral Specialized Commission in Political Science
Since 2016: Deputy Head of the Specialized Commission
2012 - present: Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Institutions and Processes. Yerevan State University, Armenia.
In 1997 - 2012: Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; developing new course curricula; supervision of Ph.D. and master’s theses, bachelor’s final papers.
Since 2005: member of the pre-PhD defense Political Science Examination board.
Courses taught: Research Methods in Political Science; Political Sociology; Theory of Democracy; Transitology; Public Administration; History and Theory of Parliamentarism; Contemporary Schools in Political Science; Introduction to Political Science.
In 1997 - 1998: also taught at Ijevan Branch of Yerevan State University
2004 - 2013: Associate Professor of Political Science, UNESCO Chair of Human Rights and Democracy, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov. In 1999 – 2004, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages after V. Brusov
2000 - 2001, 2002 - 2006: Deputy Head, International Relations Office, Yerevan State University. Coordination of YSU international partnership programs, overall administration of YSU international projects, daily correspondence with YSU international partners, collaboration with international organizations in Armenia.
2003, August. Invited Professor for Summer School “Conflict transformation and ways of peace establishment in South Caucasus,” Yerevan Armenia. Taught intensive graduate level course in Transitology. Organized by Russian-Armenian State University with the support from OSI AF-Armenia.
1998 - 2006 Deputy Dean for International Relations, Faculty of International Relations, Yerevan State University.
1996 - 2002: Scientific Researcher, Scientific group on parliamentary argumentation problems, Yerevan State University
1992 - 1993: Journalist, Armenian Stock-Herald. Reports and articles on social and political themes
Grants and Fellowships
January 2018 - present: Project Manager for the YSU Subcontract Agreement for the Cooperative Agreement to Support the Justice Academy Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Curriculum Development in Armenia. The Cooperative Agreement awarded to National Academy of Public Administration by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (award no. SINLEC18CA2012), subcontract number: NAPA-SUBK-2017-102222
March – April 2017: Education USA Leadership Institute Program Award, administered on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
December 2013 – April 2017: Project coordinator for “Promoting Internationalization of HEIs in Eastern Neighborhood Countries through Cultural and Structural Adaptation” Tempus project awarded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Exchange Agency, acting under powers delegated by the Commission of the European Union
October 2015 - December 2016: Project leader for “I-net” International Visegrad Fund’s V4EaP Flagship Project
March 2014 - April 2016: Project leader (Armenia) for the “Influence Identity on Foreign and Security Policy Formation in Armenia and Georgia” grant awarded by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net Programme (ASCN)
2012 - 2015: “Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Armenia” Higher Education for Development (HED)-USAID. Grant #HED003-9722-ARM-12-01. Role: Principal Investigator.
February 2012 - December 2013: Consultant and Armenian team leader for “Coalitional Presidentialism in Africa, Latin America and Postcommunist Europe: Dynamics of Executive-Legislative Relations in New Democracies”, funded by Economic and Social Research Council (UK), PIs Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman, and Timothy J. Power (University of Oxford)
October 2011 - February 2015: Project coordinator for “Building capacity for University-Enterprise partnerships towards competency based training in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine” TEMPUS project 516613-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-BE-TEMPUS-JPHES funded by the European Commission
January 2010 - December 2011: Curriculum Resource Center of the Central European University, sponsored by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute Course Development Competition Individual Grant for the «Post-Soviet Russian Politics» project.
January 2009 - December 2011: Project manager (YSU representative on Project Management Team) for Quality Assurance for Management of Internationalization Processes ”QATMI” Project (144882-TEMPUS-2008-DE-JPGR (2008-4776)) funded by European Commission
January 2009 - December 2010: Project manager (YSU representative on Project Management Team) for Educational centers’ network on modern technologies of management “ECESIS” Project (144742-TEMPUS-2008-DE-JPHES (2008-4744)) funded by European Commission
December 2008 – March 2009: Awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship within the frames of International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) in accordance with Erasmus Mundus Framework Agreement Number 2007-0077/001. Coordinated by University College London (UCL), host institution - Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Taught graduate level course: Post-Soviet Politics: Regimes transformation in the region.
2007 – 2009: Project Manager at YSU for “Internal quality assurance system in Armenian HEIs” for Tempus Jep (Joint European Project) funded by European Commission
April 2006 - March 2008: INTAS Young Scientist Post Doctoral Fellowship awarded for the project entitled “Regime Formation and Transformation in the Post Soviet Region: A Comparative Analysis of Semipresidentialism in Armenia, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine”
INTAS Ref. Nr 05-109-4708
March 2005 - March 2007: Armenian team leader for INTAS East and West – Network project “Eurasian Political Studies Network: Developing comparative studies of regime transformations in multicultural societies and state- nation-building process in post-soviet region.” INTAS Ref. Nr 04-79-7284
2004 - 2007: AFP/HESP (Academic Fellowship Program, Higher Education Support Program) Returning Scholar, in Armenia. Open Society Institute. (Renewed in 2005 and 2006)
In 2003 - 2004: Civic Education Project (CEP) Fellow (Local Faculty Fellow)
2003 - 2006: On–site Project Director for Arizona State University –Yerevan State University Educational Partnership Project “Refashioning the Social Sciences and Practitioner Training in Public Administration” funded by the United States Department of State
July - August 2003: Director, Summer School in Political Science: Curricula Development in Nationalism and Conflict Studies, Studies of Political Violence and Terrorism. Yerevan Armenia. Summer school was organized by YSU, US Embassy to Armenia Democracy Commission Small Grants Program, Civic Education Project and the Alumni Local Initiative Grants Program (LIGP administered by the American Council for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS)
September 2001 - August 2004 Armenian team leader, Research Project “Democratic Opposition as a Consolidation Factor in Transitional Regimes: Comparative Analysis of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.” Grant from the International Association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (INTAS), Grant number 00 - 00644.
August 2001 – Jul 2002: Junior Faculty Development Program Visiting Scholar, University of Iowa, Department of Political Science and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. The Program is administered by the American Council for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State
February 2000: Grant from the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation (OSI AF) Armenia, for participation in Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) Political Sciences Session, concentration on Politics and Economy in Transition, Budapest, Hungary
July – August 2000: Director, Summer School in Political Science: Transitology and Conflictology, Yerevan, Armenia. Summer School was organized by Open Society Institute Higher Education Support Programme and Yerevan State University in collaboration with the ACTR ACCELS, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of United States Department of State, Swedish Institute, UNDP and IFES
December 1997: Grant from the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation (OSI AF) Armenia, for participation in Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) Sociology Session, concentration on Political Sociology, Warsaw, Poland
1996 – 1997: NIS - US Teacher Exchange Program Participant sponsored by the United States Information Agency. Visiting teacher at the King Philip Regional School, Wrentham, MA.
1997: Spring Taught graduate level course named “After the Fall: An Examination of Post Soviet Society” offered to teachers in the Norfolk County and Plymouth County Teachers Association through the Fitchburg State College, Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, USA
1995 February: Curriculum Working visit to the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (currently New School University), New York, USA
Selected Panels and Conferences
“Towards constitutional perfectionism or amendments that (n)ever end?” Paper delivered at International Conference “Rethinking Constitutional Reforms in Context” hold by Apella Institute for Policy Analysis and Dialogue in partnership with Open Society Foundations- Armenia, July 2014, Yerevan, Armenia
“Transformation of Political Institutions in Post-soviet Armenia” Paper delivered at the International conference “Political System Transformation in Post-soviet Independent States” hold by Moscow State Regional University, November, 2011, Moscow, Russia
“Security Dilemmas and Conflict Resolution Perspectives in the South Caucasus” Paper delivered at International Conference “Collective Security Treaty Organization and Couth Caucasus: Peace and Security Perspectives in the Region” hold by the Institute of National Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia and Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretariat, May 2011, Yerevan, Armenia
“The EU Role in the South Caucasus Security Context” Paper delivered at International Conference “The EU’s Role in the South Caucasus From Cooperation to Partnership through Reforms: Challenges and Opportunities”, May 2011, Yerevan, Armenia
“Current Challenges and Security Problems in the South Caucasus” Paper delivered at International conference “Problems of Security and Information Cooperation in the South Caucasus”, Yerevan, September- October, 2010
"Institutional Design as a Stability Building Factor" Paper delivered at International conference “Tolerance – pre-condition for collaboration”, Tbilisi, May 2010
“Internationalization Process at Yerevan State University” Paper delivered at 3rd International scientific conference of the Euroasian Universities Association “Universities and Society. Cooperation and Development of Universities in the 21st Century”, Moscow, April 2010
“Democratization in Armenia” Paper delivered at the International conference “Social Democracy in the Caucasus” Conference co-organised by the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, the S&D Group in the European Parliament and the Party of European Socialists (PES), Tbilisi, March 2010
“Power Struggle and Political Opposition in Armenia” Paper delivered at “Central Asia and the Caucasus in Transnational Context” workshop hold by Georgetown University within the frames of the Eurasian Strategy Project, Tbilisi, Georgia, June 2008
“Armenia and the European Neighborhood Policy” Presentation delivered at Seminar “Caucasus and the European Union. Economic and Political Relations” hold at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, May 2008
“Armenian-Turkish Relations: Looking at the Past, Working for the Future” Presentation delivered at the parliamentary hearings “Armenian-Turkish Relations: Problems and Perspectives” hold by the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, December 2007
“Political Actors and Political Process on the Eve of the 2008 Presidential Elections in Armenia” Paper presented at the International Conference “NIS Terra Incognita: Contemporary Political Processes in former Soviet Republics”, Kazan, Russia, November-December 2007
“Major Political Actors and Their Standings on the Eve of the 2008 Presidential Elections in Armenia” Paper presented at the Conference “Armenia on the Eve of the Presidential Elections” Yerevan, Armenia, November 2007
“Semipresidentialism: Definitions, Typology and Actors Authorities.” Paper presented at Eurasian Political Studies Network 5th International Conference “Political Science and Political Processes in Russian Federation and Newly Independent States”, Moscow, Russia, February 2007
“Semipresidentialism concept and practice revisited: comparative study of regimes formation and development in the post-soviet region.” Paper presented at Armenian National Political Science conference, Yerevan, November, 2006
“Semipresidentialism in Action - Armenia Before and After the 2005 Constitutional Referendum” Paper presented at the International Conference “Comparative Institutional Transformations and Institutional Design in the Post-Soviet Region,” Yerevan, May, 2006
“The Concept of Semipresidentialism within Post-soviet Transformation Context” Paper presented at Eurasian Political Studies Network 4th International Conference “Political Science and Political Processes in Russian Federation and Newly Independent States”, Ekaterinburg, Russia, February 2006
“Democratization in Armenia. Comparative Perspectives” Paper presented at the International Round Table “People, States and Security: Regional and Global Context of Democratization in the South Caucasus” held by the Institute for Civil Society and Regional Development in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RA and Conflict Studies Research Centre, the UK. Yerevan, Armenia, October 11 – 12, 2005
“Regime Formation and Development in Armenia” Paper presented at the 2005 Summer International Symposium “Regional and Transregional Dynamism in Central Eurasia: Empires, Islam and Politics” held at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, July 7-9, 2005
“Democracy Future in Armenia: Institutional and Mass Believes Perspectives.” Paper presented at the conference “A Human Rights Perspective for Peace and Democracy in Armenia” held in coope¬ration between the VW-Tandem Research Team “Teaching Human Rights in Europe,” Humboldt University and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Potsdam in Germany; the Friedrich Ebert-Foundation Office in the Caucasus and Yerevan State University. Yerevan, April, 2005
“Problems of Democratic Consolidation in Armenia (based on the analysis of values and attitudes of Armenian population.” Paper presented at Eurasian Political Studies Network 3rd International Conference “Political Science and Political Processes in Russian Federation and Newly Independent States”, Ekaterinburg, Russia, February 2005
“Armenian Constitutional Changes: Slight Amendments or Heavy Reform?” Paper presented at Eurasian Political Studies Network 2nd International Conference “Political Science and State Authorities Interaction in the Formation of the Political Processes in Russian Federation and New Independent States”, Ekaterinburg, Russia, February, 2004
“Theoretical and Practical Questions about Political Opposition in Post-Soviet States” Paper presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, April 2003. In co-authorship with Vicki Hesli and Andriy Gorbachyk
Fall 2001 – Spring 2002 Presentations at the University of Iowa, Allegheny College, and the
Stanley Foundation devoted to the issues of democratization and post - Soviet developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus
“The Analysis of Electoral Campaigns in Armenia From the Viewpoint of Human Rights Protection” Paper presented at the International Symposia “Human Rights Protection in the Caucasus: The Role of Society and Authority”, Sochi, Russia, April, 2001
“Presentation on international cooperation and partnership projects of Yerevan State University delivered at the international conference “Development of Communications at Tbilisi State University”, Tbilisi, Georgia, March, 2001
”The Formation of Governmental Forms in Post-totalitarian States”. Paper presented at “Social Sciences at the Edge of the 21st Century” interuniversity scientific conference, Yerevan, 2000
Discussant, Panel on “Foreign Policy and Regional Security”, Caucasus Regional Student Conference organized by Civic Education Project, Tbilisi, Georgia, November, 1999
"The International Factors of Democratic Transition" Paper presented at the Scientific Conference dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of Yerevan State University, Yerevan, October, 1999
“The Types and Functions of Political Representation” Paper presented at the Conference “Representative Democracy” organized by Areg-73 NGO and the UNDP, Yerevan, April 1999
Presentations at Yerevan State University and Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages on Electoral System and Electoral Law of the Republic of Armenia. Organized by Areg-73 NGO and the UNDP, Yerevan, March - April 1999.
“Changes of the Electoral Law in Armenia 1990 - 1998” Paper presented at All-Russian Scientific Conference “The Development of Political Science at Russian Universities”, Samara, Russia, February 1999
Speeches and presentations on transitional processes, executive-legislative relations and electoral behavior in Armenia delivered during the Summer University on Political Science, Almaty, Kazakhstan, August, 1998
“The Analysis of Executive-Legislative Interrelations in Armenia During the Independent Statehood Foundation”, Paper presented at International Scientific Seminar “Political Culture of Regions”, Samara, Russia, June, 1998
1997 - 2008 Presentations at the scientific conferences held by the Department of Political Science of the Yerevan State University
Presentations on theory of democracy and democratic transitions delivered during the meetings of “Society in Transition” Seminar, Yerevan, 1995 - 1996
Additional Professional Activities
2016: Trainer at training on "Project management" within EU funded project "Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress", Yerevan, Armenia
2014: Visiting Professor, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus
2008: Acting Head, Public Administration Department, YSU
2004 - 2007: Team leader for Public Administration curricula development project and team member for Political Science curricula development/reform project, YSU.
December 2007: Participation in the Parliamentary hearings “Armenian-Turkish Relations: Problems and Perspectives” hold by the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
2007, 2004, 2003: Served as Selection Committee member for the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), American Council for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
April - June 2005: Expert. "Understanding Armenian Governing Structure" project, administered by Project Harmony-Armenia.
May 2005: “Armenia’s Troubled Transformation” guest lecture delivered at Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of International Studies, Prague, Czech Republic
April 2005: Graduate level intensive course “Democracy and Democratic Institutions” taught via the Department of Post-University Education for in-service practitioners/civil servants
March 2005: “Research paper writing skills development” guest lecture presented at YSLU within the frames of joint JFDP alumni event.
2003 - 2004: Member of YSLU Political Science curricula reform group. (Group members: V. Poghosyan, Chair, UNESCO Dept of Human Rights and Democracy, Member of RA Constitutional Court; Hayk Gyuzalyan, CEP Alumni; Gayane Gasparyan, YSLU Vice Rector). Elaboration of new curricula for 3rd, 4th and 5th years PS students at YSLU.
2004: Delivering presentations for 2 workshops held by the American Council office in Armenia. October 22 Job search workshop (presentation on CV writing and CV styles). October 30 - Academic Writing Workshop – presentation on the stages of the research process.
May 2004: Speaker and jury member for the American Council workshop and contest on Leadership skills.
2004: Presentation at American Council workshop on interactive teaching methods at YSU Faculty of Economics, May 4. The workshop was attended by the staff of various educational institutions, PiE, JFDP alumni and students of YSU, YSLU. Target group involved the staff of the institutions.
2004: Speaker for two American Council workshops on Contemporary Teaching Methods. March 17 – at YSU Faculty of Journalism and on March 26 at Armenian Agricultural Academy. Both workshops were attended by the staff of the institutions and in more limited range – students. Contemporary teaching techniques were presented, especially emphasized the use of group discussion during the classes, its strength and weaknesses. The target group involved the staff of the institutions.
2004: Served as interviewer for the Partners in Education Program (PiE), American Council for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
2003: Guest lecture presented by request of the American Council office in Armenia for «Choose Your Future Career.» fair/workshop. Topic presented – International Affairs and Political Science: carrier possibilities, challenges and market opportunities in Armenia. December 19
2003: Delivered presentation “How to Write Project Proposals” by request of the American Council office in Armenia. November 28
2002: Served as Selection Committee member for the Partners in Education Program (PiE), American Council for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1999 - 2000: Civic Education Project (CEP) - Armenia. Member of the Committee for Evaluation of CEP Program
November 1998: Participation in 10th Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education, Stockholm, Sweden. “History of Higher Education in Armenia and History of Yerevan State University” presentation delivered during the seminar on Swedish-Armenian cooperation within the TEMPUS, Stockholm, Sweden
August 1998: Certificate for participation in Summer University in Political Science, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
Democratization Processes. Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation; Parliaments and Parliamentary Activities in NIS and Eastern European Countries; Presidents and Executive in NIS and Eastern European Countries; Executive-Legislative Relations in NIS and Eastern European Countries; Electoral Laws and Electoral Processes in NIS and Eastern European Countries. Studies in Political Opposition. Comparative Trends in Higher Education and Bologna Process Influence over Educational Development in Newly Independent States
2011 - present: Board member, Political Science Association, Armenia
2004 - present: Eurasian Political Studies Network
2002 - present: “European Integration” NGO
1996 - present: Member of the Union of Lawyers and Politicians of Armenia
1995 - 1998: Coordinator and co-chairman of the Yerevan Chapter of Democracy Seminars named “Societies in Transition”
2016: By the Decree of the President of RA awarded the Medal of Gratitude
2014: Awarded Golden medal of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia for achievements 2009: Awarded YSU Golden Medal for Achievements
2000 and 2001: Official Citations by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia 1997: Official Citation by Massachusetts Senate
1997: Honorary Diploma for Graduation from King Philip Regional School, Wrentham, MA, USA
1993: Graduation with Distinction from the Faculty of History of Yerevan State University
1988: Graduation with Silver Medal from Secondary School, Yerevan
Fluent in Armenian, Russian and English. Fair knowledge of Georgian and French
Dr. Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury. Tel: (44- 0122) 782-74-09; fax: (44/0122) 782-70-33; R.Sakwa@kent.ac.uk
Dr. Vicki L. Hesli, Professor, Department of Political Science, the University of Iowa. Tel: (319) 335-23-56; firstname.lastname@example.org Prof. Dr. Aram Simonyan, Rector, Yerevan State University. Tel: (374-10) 55-46-29; email@example.com
Dr. William M. Reisinger, Professor of Political Science, the University of Iowa. Tel: (319) 319-335-2351; Fax: (319) 335-34-00; firstname.lastname@example.org
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