Shushanik Makaryan, PhD

Faculty Affiliate
The Pennsylvania State University
802 Oswald Tower
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-1849
Fax: 814-863-8342
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  • Ph.D., Sociology, Washington State University, USA. (2009).
  • M.S., International Relations and european Studies, Central European University, Hungary. (2000).
  • Diploma, Sociology, Yerevan State University, Armenia. (1999).


Dr. Makaryan's research explains the mechanisms of diffusion of state policies, and the impact of the world political culture vs. domestic forces (such as nationalism and nation-building attempts) on shaping policies of nation-states. Her past and current research examines the institutionalization and transformation of citizenship regimes globally and among all 15 post-Soviet states in particular; techniques of measurement of international migration; labor migration and migration-development issues in migrant-sending countries, as well as migration policy-making, and construction and institutionalization of policies on diasporas in post-Soviet states. Dr. Makaryan is also a country expert on Armenia’s citizenship regime at the European Union Democratic Observatory on Citizenship (EUDO Academic Observatory on Citizenship); and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at European University Institute, Italy.