Anna Ohanyan


Anna Ohanyan is Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations. Her research interests include conflict analysis and resolution, global and regional network governance, and international organizations and NGOs. She investigates the political economy of regionalism in conflict areas, with an emphasis on the prospects and limits of regionalism as a conflict management strategy. It builds on the theory and practice of regionalism in such varied (post)conflict cases as the Balkans, the South Caucasus, Central America, South Asia and Northern Ireland. Her current research has two goals. First, it seeks to explain the processes of regional engagement in politically divided conflict areas. Second, it examines whether the type of a regional arrangement can influence conflict management on the ground. Advancing greater understanding of regional approaches to conflict management is the overarching goal of her current research.

She is the author of "Networked Regionalism as Conflict Management" (Stanford University Press 2015) and “NGOs, IGOs, and the Network Mechanism of Post-Conflict Global Governance in Microfinance” (Palgrave Macmillan 2008). In addition, she has published widely on international organizations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in such settings as Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Afghanistan. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013) and a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2002-2004). Her research has been supported by IREX (2012), the Fulbright Commission (2012-2013), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2007), the German Marshall Fund (2010-2011), the U.S. State Department/IREX (2011-2012), Stonehill College (2006 and 2008), Eurasia Foundation (2006) and Syracuse University (2001, 2002 and 2003). Prof. Ohanyan has also consulted for numerous organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Bank, the National Intelligence Council Project, the U.S. Department of State, the Carter Center, and USAID. Her work has taken her across the globe, from Northern Ireland to the Balkans and the South Caucasus.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, May 2004, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • M.A. in Political Science, May 1999, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • M.S. in Conflict Resolution, August 1998, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • B.A. in Applied Sociology, August 1995 (with honors), Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia


  • Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations
  • Fulbright Core Scholars Program Grantee for Armenia, 2012-2013
  • Professional Development Research Grant, Stonehill College, Summer 2012 (declined)
  • IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program, 2011-2012
  • German Marshall Fund, 2010-2011
  • Student Undergraduate Research Experience, Research Grant, Summer 2010
  • The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Research Grant, Summer 2007
  • Stonehill College, Professional Development Grant, Summer Research Grant, 2007 (deferred to 2008)
  • Stonehill College, Pedagogy Technology Grant, Fall 2006
  • Eurasia Foundation and US Agency for International Development, Research Grant, Summer and Fall, 2006
  • Stonehill College, Summer Research Grant, 2006
  • Professional Development Grant, Simmons College, October 2004
  • Maxwell School Dean's Office Dissertation Fellowship, September 2002- August 2003
  • Syracuse University Fellowship, February 2002
  • European Union Center Summer Research Grant, Summer 2002
  • Geokjian Series Research Grant for preliminary field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Affairs Institute, Syracuse University, Summer 2001
  • Roscoe Martin Research Grant for summer research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syracuse University, Graduate School, Summer 2001
  • Research Grant for summer research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Summer School, Syracuse University, Graduate School, Summer 2001
  • Teaching Fellowship, Maxwell School Dean's Office, Syracuse University, January 2001 - May 2002
  • Tuition Scholarship, Political Science Department, Syracuse University, September 1998 - December 2000
  • Research Fellowship, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Sept. 1995 - May 1996

Courses Taught

  • International Politics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • International Political Econ
  • International Organizations & State Building
  • Ethnicity & Conflict Management
  • Comparing States
  • Capstone Seminar