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Ararat Osipian

Alexander Mirtchev Visiting Research Assistant Professor


Ararat L. Osipian is The Alexander Mirtchev visiting professor and scholar at Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, and a Fellow of the Institute of International Education, New York. Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Osipian was an Associate Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Osipian holds a PhD in Education and Human Development, majoring in Leadership and Policy Studies, from Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt and an MA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, where he came as a fellow of the US Department of State. Dr. Osipian is the author of Political and Economic Transition in Russia: Predatory Raiding, Privatization Reforms and Property Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), The Political Economy of Corporate Raiding in Russia (Routledge, 2018), and The Impact of Human Capital on Economic Growth: A Case Study in Post-Soviet Ukraine, 1989-2009 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His articles and reviews appeared in Asian Politics & Policy, Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Canadian and International Education Journal, Capital & Class, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative Education Review, Comparative Sociology, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, Contemporary Politics, Democratization, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, East European Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Economics of Education Review, Europe-Asia Studies, European Education: Issues and Studies, European Journal of Sociology, Global Crime, Higher Education Policy, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, International Journal of Educational Development, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Eurasian Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Law & Society Review, Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Political Studies Review, Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, Research in Comparative and International Education, Social Anthropology, Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Transition Studies Review, FedUni Journal of Higher Education, Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research, and Global Corruption Report: Education by Transparency International. He is also a winner of several awards, including grants from Institute of International Education, Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Edmund Muskie/FSA, New Europe Foundation, Yale, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Madison, and Central European University. His research interests include corruption, corporate, property and land raiding, economics of education in international perspective, nexus of education and economic growth, modern welfare states and political economy of transition. Countries of experience include USA, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.

Areas of Research

  • Corruption
  • Corporate, Property and Land Raiding
  • Economics of Education
  • Political Economy of Transition