Anna Ohanyan


Anna Ohanyan is the Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College, and two-time Fulbright Scholar to South Caucasus. Her latest two books are Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond, an edited volume published by Georgetown University Press in 2018, and Networked Regionalism as Conflict Management published by Stanford University Press in 2015. Her articles appeared in International Studies Review, Peace and Change, Conflict Resolution Quarterly,  Global Governance,  and Global Society, among other journals. She has also contributed to the Washington Post, Foreign Policy magazine, Al Jazeera, and Wilson Quarterly. Prof. Ohanyan served as a doctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by IREX, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the German Marshall Fund, the U.S. State Department and Eurasia Foundation among others. She has 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, Russia, and the South Caucasus. 

Prof. Ohanyan served as the Chair of the Political Science and International Studies Department at  (2014-2017) and established the Learning Inside-Out Network (LION) international internship program in Global Security Studies at Stonehill College. She is a Governing Board member for Eurasia Partnership Foundation-Armenia, Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia, and Armenian International Women's Association in the US. 

Her current scholarship explores the regional dimensions of armed conflicts as well as regional approaches to security provision and conflict management. In Russia Abroad, Professor Ohanyan explores how fractured regions worldwide perpetuate ongoing armed conflict and examines the mechanisms by which such regions threaten global security. In doing so, the work places a particular emphasis on the problem of regional fracture in Russia's post-Soviet neighborhoods. Drawing from the work of renowned area specialists and empirical chapter authors, Russia Abroad examines how regional fracture, either by default or by design, impacts conflict dynamics in Russia's vast vicinity spanning Ukraine, the South Caucasus, the Western Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Previously, Professor Ohanyan studied the role of NGOs, policy networks and international organizations in systems of global governance, and applied this research in the contexts of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Afghanistan.


  • 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


  • 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
  • The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Research Grant, Summer 2007
  • Stonehill College, Professional Development Grant, Summer Research Grant, 2007 (deferred to 2008)
  • 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
  • Research Grant for summer research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syracuse University, 2001
  • 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
  • Russia, the West, and the Rest
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Global Governance