Shushanik Makaryan

Socio-political module



Curriculum Vitae



Biographical note

Dr. Makaryan has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, USA. Her research focuses on nation-building and the transformation of citizenship and migration policies among all fifteen former Soviet republics. Her research explains the mechanisms of diffusion of state policies, and examines how domestic and external forces shape migration and citizenship policies in post-Soviet states. Dr. Makaryan’s current research examines the migration policy-making in Russia and countries of the Eastern Partnership initiative of the European Union– Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. Her recent publications focus on citizenship laws, migration measurement, visa facilitation regimes and migration dynamics in post-Soviet states.

Dr. Makaryan is a country expert on Armenia’s citizenship regime at the European Union Democratic Observatory on Citizenship. She was a Jean Monnet post-doctoral fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at European University Institute,  before joining the research team of the Migration Policy Centre and CARIM-EAST project. In the past Dr. Makaryan has worked for various projects, among those a citizenship empowerment and democracy building project at the International Foundation for Election Systems, IFES (USAID funded), where she was the training and project coordinator.

Dr. Makaryan has an extensive training in research methodology and statistics, and has been an instructor of courses in sociology and research methods at Washington State University, USA. She has received numerous research awards and grants, among those the Dissertation Research Grant from National Science Foundation, USA and the Leslie Kish Fellowship from the Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA


Recent Publications

2012. “Estimation of International Migration in Post-Soviet Republics,” in International Migration. Doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2012.00740.x.


2012. Circular Migration in Eastern Partnership Countries: An Overview, (with A. Di Bartolomeo, S. Mananashvili, A. Weinar). CARIM-East Research Report 2012/30, Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI): European University Institute, Italy.


2012. Impact Assessment of Schengen Visa Liberalisation for the Citizens of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova (with A. Weinar, O. Korneev and S. Mananashvili). Migration Policy Centre (MPC) Research Report 2012/01. European University Institute, Italy.


2010. Citizenship Country Report on Armenia , RSCAS/EUDO-CIT-CR 2010/40, European Union Democratic Observatory on Citizenship (EUDO Citizenship Observatory), European University Institute, Italy.


2010. “Towards a Global Theory of Citizenship” in A. Liebich. and R. Bauböck (eds.),  Is There (Still) an East-West Divide in the Conception of Citizenship in Europe? RSCAS Working Paper 2010/19.