Dr. Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan

BAPG Program Chair and Associate Professor

Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan specializes and has interest in the sphere of civil society, political culture, volunteering, democratization of post-communist countries, research methodology and corruption. She received her PhD in Political Science from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to joining AUA, she worked at Eurasia Partnership foundation and at Caucasus Research Resource Centers – Armenia. She is the team leader of a four-year research project about Armenian civil society and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jenny Paturyan is an AUA PSIA alumna.

Education, Degree
PhD, Jacobs University Bremen

Office location
123W, Paramaz Avedisian Building

[email protected]

(+374 60) 61 26 75

Office hours
Varies depending on teaching schedule. Also by appointment.

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Democracy and Democratization, Civil Society, Corruption, Research Methodology

Courses taught at AUA


  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • Political Ideologies


  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Civil Society and Social Capital
  • Comparative Politics

Research Activities/Projects

  • “Armenian Civil Society after 20 Years of Transition: Still Post-Communist?”
  • “Civic Activism as a Novel Component of Armenian Civil Society: New Energy and Tensions”


  • Armenian Civil Society: Old Problems, New Energy After Two Decades of Independence. Springer International Publishing, 2021 (co-author: Valentina Gevorgyan)
  • “Re-emerging Civic Activism: Restoring the Ecosystem of Armenian Civil Society” in Civil Society in the Global South, ed. Palash Kamruzzaman, London and New York, Routledge, 2018, 54-70 (coauthor V. Gevorgyan).
  •  “Armenian Civil Society: It is Not All About NGOs.” Caucasus Analytical Digest 73: 2-5, 2015.
  •  “Is ‘Googling’ a Technique? What the Internet Can Tell Us about the Non-Governmental Sector in Armenia.” Haigazian Armenological Review 34 (July): 257–67, 2014. (coauthors Valentina Gevorgyan, and Mariam Matevosyan).
  • “Trust towards NGOs and Volunteering in South Caucasus: Civil Society Moving Away from Post-Communism?” Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 14 (2): 239-62, 2014 (coauthor V. Gevorgyan).
  •  “(Dis)Trusting People and Political Institutions in Armenia.” Caucasus Analytical Digest 31: 6-10, 2011.
  •  Civil Society and Democracy: Disentangling Mutual Influences. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller: Saarbrücken, 2011.
  •  “Perceptions of Corruption in Armenia: Growing Disappointment and Detachment?” In Adam Hug (ed) Spotlight on Armenia. London: The Foreign Policy Centre. Pp 29-35, 2011 (coauthor Jrbashyan Nairuhi).