Rafik Santrosyan, Ph.D
Adjunct Lecturer
Rafik Santrosyan, Ph.DAdjunct Lecturer

Rafik Santrosyan received his PhD in Germanic Linguistics from Yerevan State Linguistic University in 2015. He has served as a lecturer at Yerevan State Linguistic University, American University of Armenia, and as a visiting professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, University of Duke, USA, and a post-doctoral fellow at City College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Greece. He worked as a research fellow at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Center for Women’s and Gender Studies of the University of Paris 8, France; and at the University of Padova, Italy. Santrosyan’s teaching and research interests lie in the fields of gender linguistics, multimodal semiotics, and simultaneous interpreting. His current research examines the interconnectedness of grammatical gender and language-mediated cultural discriminatory practices.

Mimi Zarookian
Adjunct Lecturer
Mimi ZarookianAdjunct Lecturer

Mimi Zarookian is a career educator of 35+ years holding a BA & MA in English Literature from California State University Northridge, a Clear Life Teaching Credential from the State of California, and a Bilingual Certificate of Competency from the University of La Verne. She has worked with school districts in the greater Los Angeles area in instructional and administrative capacities. She moved to Armenia in 2014 and joined AUA’s faculty teaching in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the MA TEFL Program. Mimi proudly serves on the Armenian Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee and is responsible for their annual publication. She is also a board member of Orran NGO. Mimi’s passion for education has made each day of her career a joyful journey.

Lucyann Kerry
Lucyann KerryProfessor

Originally from Ohio in the American Midwest, with Anabaptist, Quaker, Scot-Irish and Finnish roots she has her BA in geology from George Washington University. She subsequently trained in film production at New York University and became one of the first, if not the first, women film producers in Washington, D.C. She has combined a professional career in media management, marketing, advertising and public relations with an academic career.  Since the early nineties she has worked internationally becoming one of the first Western educators to teach in the former Soviet Union. She has been a media educator in Lithuania, Estonia, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, the Western Pacific, Malaysia and the South Pacific. Her American faculty appointments include the University of Guam, the University of Kansas, Chadron State College and Jersey City State College. She holds a master’s degree in film from the University of Southern California Cinema School, USA, and a PhD in Film from the University of Exeter, UK, entitled Genre and Globalization: Working Title Films, the British Romantic Comedy and the Global Film Market, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/12826623.pdf. She also has a Graduate Certification in International Marketing from Boston University Brussels and Post Graduate Certification in Higher Education from Middlesex University London. In addition, she develops distance education and conducts diversity training. Outside of work she is a food enthusiast and a romance novel writer.

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK;

Member, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), New York Women in Film and Video; News Design Society; Romance Writers of America; Writers Guild of America, East; World Communication Association, (WCA).

Additional Information

Academia.edu: https://lucyannkerry.academia.edu/

Lilianna Edilyan
Lilianna EdilyanLecturer

Lilianna Edilyan graduated from the Yerevan State Teacher Training Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages (named after V. Brusov), Department of English and Second/Foreign Languages. She continued her studies in Moscow taking “A Two-year Advanced Professional Degree Training” at Morris Torrez Institute of Foreign Languages. Upon completion she was conferred the title of “Senior Lecturer” and worked at Yerevan State University in the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages. She received her MA in TEFL in 2005. She has presented at international conferences and published in professional journals.

She has been working at AUA since 1994. She is the author of an ESP book for students of theology and co-author and editor of the manual “A Practical Course in Written English” (a textbook on the writing course for the students of Romance and Germanic Languages).

Melissa Bilal
Visiting Assistant Professor
Melissa BilalVisiting Assistant Professor

Melissa Bilal is Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia. Receiving her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, she taught at Columbia University, Boğaziçi University, and the University of Chicago. Together with Lerna Ekmekcioglu, she co-edited A Cry for Justice: Five Armenian Feminist Writers from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (1862–1933) (in Turkish, 2006) and is now collaborating with her on Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology and Digital Archive, a book and digital humanities project focusing on the lives and works of twelve Ottoman-born Armenian activist women writers. Her most recent publications include the article “Lullabies and the Memory of Pain: Armenian Women’s Remembrance of the Past in Turkey” in Dialectical Anthropology (August 2018) and the CD project Voice Signatures: Recordings of Russian Armenian POWs in German Camps, 1916-1918 (Forthcoming 2019)With Ekmekcioglu, Bilal launched the Annual Feminist Armenian Studies Workshop and founded the Feminist Armenian Research Collective (FemArc) in 2017 while she was a visiting scholar of History at MIT.

Rozita Aghamalyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Rozita AghamalyanAdjunct Lecturer

Rozita Aghamalyan holds a BA in translation studies from Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from American University of Armenia. She joined AUA in 2012 as a research team member, course coordinator, and general English instructor at AUA Extension program. Currently she teaches Introduction to the Structure of English, Introduction to Language and Culture, and Freshman Seminar. Rozita’s interests also include contrastive analysis, content-based teaching, and environmental education.

Vaagn Gouchtchian
Vaagn GouchtchianLecturer

Vaagn Gouchtchian has obtained his MaRes from Université de Provence (Aix en Provence, France) in literature and literary theory, his dissertation discussing author-character relations in the novel is underway. Since 2009, Vaagn has been actively contributing to various literary and multimedia projects. Vaagn’s translations from Western Armenian to French of Rouben Zardarian’s and Artashes Haroutiunian’s short stories have received a warm public and professional acclaim, both in Armenia and in France (UEA Press, 2015); Vaagn acted as translator and cultural consultant for the documentary “Tigran” (2014). Currently, he is working on the translation and analysis of Armenian folktales and has been teaching Literature and Culture at AUA since 2015.

Shushan Avagyan
Assistant Professor, Director of the AUA Press
Shushan AvagyanAssistant Professor, Director of the AUA Press

Shushan Avagyan received her PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University with a specialization in Translation Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She has taught comparative literature courses and translation workshops since 2006. Her articles and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Review of Contemporary FictionContemporary Women’s WritingMusic & Literature, and Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. She is the translator of Energy of Delusion: A Book on PlotBowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the SimilarA Hunt for Optimism and The Hamburg Score by Viktor Shklovsky (Dalkey Archive), Art and Production by Boris Arvatov (Pluto), and I Want To Live: Poems of Shushanik Kurghinian (AIWA). She is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Translation Program at AUA.

Alex Vartan Gubbins
Adjunct Lecturer
Alex Vartan GubbinsAdjunct Lecturer

Alex Vartan Gubbins earned a B.A. in African Languages and Literature at University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MFA in Poetry at Northern Michigan University. He teaches Freshman Seminar I and II, as well as American Literature, Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture, and The Art & Practice of Non-fiction. His poetry and poetry translations have appeared in several publications, including The North American Review; And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017; War, Literature & the Arts; Metamorphoses; and Asymptote.


Viken Berberian
Viken BerberianLecturer

Viken Berberian received his Msc from the London School of Economics and Msc from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He teaches persuasive writing, expository writing, business journalism and the graphic novel: comics as literature. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald TribuneBOMBLe Monde Diplomatique, The BelieverInculte (Editions Inculte, France) and the New York Review of Books. He is the author of the novels, The Cyclist (Simon & Schuster), and Das Kapital: a novel of love & money markets (Simon & Schuster), and the graphic novel, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade (Fantagraphics, 2019) with illustrator Yann Kebbi.


E-mail: vberberian@aua.am

Phone: +37460 61 25 22

Website: http://vikenberberian.com/

Christian Garbis
Christian GarbisLecturer

Christian Garbis earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He teachers Expository Writing, Persuasive Writing, Writing For Media, and Technical Writing. His news articles, commentaries, and essays have appeared in Hetq Online, The Armenian Weekly, and Roads and Kingdoms. Christian is the author of two acclaimed blogs, Notes From Hairenik and Footprints Armenia, on which he discusses social and political issues and conveys intimate descriptions of daily life in Armenia. A third blog, The Great Garbanzo, details his culinary adventures. Apart from his prose writing, he has also written a novel, a screenplay, and numerous short stories, and he has made several short experimental films. Christian was born and raised in Greater Boston but now resides in Yerevan, Armenia. He is the father of two beaming young sons.

Maria Titizian
Maria TitizianLecturer

A writer and journalist, Maria has over a decade of experience reporting the news from Armenia and the region. She is the Founding Editor of EVN Report, an English-language news magazine. She was Associate Editor of the Armenian Reporter, Managing Editor at CivilNet, and a regular contributor to a number of Diaspora publications. She teaches Media & Society, Introduction to Journalism, and Research Methods.

Ruben Malayan
Adjunct Lecturer
Ruben MalayanAdjunct Lecturer

Ruben Malayan is an an award-winning art director and visual artist. His career in graphic design spans over twenty years – crossing over into the fields of visual identity design, typography and calligraphy. Over the years he has lectured and taught workshops of calligraphy in the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Romania and Armenia. Ruben’s work has been published in a number of books and magazines in Israel, Armenia, US, Netherlands and France. He exhibits art locally and abroad.


  • May 1993, MA, Graphics, Yerevan State Institute of Fine Arts
  • May 1990 BA, Painting, Yerevan State Art College

Courses taught:

  • EC 269 – Visual Communication


  • Armenian section of  ‘The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy’ Sterling Publishing, NYC 2011


  • 2015 Best Digital Entry at Centennial Art Contest of LA City Council
  • 1999 UNDP Armenia Internet Project and Sard 99 Armenian Website Prize Jury. Title of winner in the category “Armenian FREENET Choice”- for good design by means of computer technologies and wonderful art






E-mail: rmalayan@aua.am

Office hours: 11:00-12:00AM (Wednesday & Friday)

Eric Grigorian
Adjunct Lecturer
Eric GrigorianAdjunct Lecturer

Eric Grigorian is a photojournalist with almost two decades of experience documenting everything from conflict zones to politics to celebrities to natural disasters. His clients have included Time, Newsweek, NY Times, Boston Globe and numerous other magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. Eric was the recipient of the World Press Photo award in 2003.

After a long period of living and working in Los Angeles, Eric moved to Yerevan in 2013 where he also dedicates part of his time teaching visual storytelling and photography. He currently teaches Introduction to Photography at AUA.

Elitza Kotzeva, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Elitza Kotzeva, Ph.DAssistant Professor

Elitza Kotzeva has a PhD in English Studies with a focus on Rhetoric from Washington State University. She holds a Certificate in Applied Literary Translation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduate degrees in Slavic Languages (Czech, Slovak, and Bulgarian), Local Development, and English Literature from universities in Bulgaria, Italy, and the United States. Her research interests lie at the intersection of rhetoric, performance theory, and translation studies. Elitza has published translations in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translation, and Apofenie. She is currently working on the translation of her third book.

Higher education:

  • 2019, PhD in English, Washington State University
  • 2015, Certificate in Applied Literary Translation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2012, MA in English, Appalachian State University
  • 2004, МА in Local Development, University of Trento and University of Bolzano, Italy
  • 2002, MA in Slavic Studies: Czech, Slovak, and Bulgarian, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Courses taught:

  • EC 121 – English Literature
  • EC 290 – Research Methods
  • CTRA 381 – History and Theories of Translation



  • “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Our Body of Work: Embodied Teaching and Administration in Writing Studies. eds. Anna Sciari and Melissa Nicolas. Boulder: U of Colorado Press (Forthcoming in 2020).
  • “Czech Short Fiction.” Critical Survey of Short Fiction. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012.
  • “Everything Is Illuminated.” Masterplots. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010.
  • “In a Free State.” Masterplots. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010.


  • Poetry by poets of the Bulgarian circle New Social Poetry. Apofenie. Volume 7: Justice. June 2019.
  • Excerpt from Invisibleby Nataliya Deleva. Exchanges: Journal of Literary TranslationFall 2018 Issue. The University of Iowa.
  • Concerto for Sentence by Emiliya Dvoryanova. Urbana-Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2016. (Bulgarian to English)
  • “From Concerto for Sentence by Emiliya Dvoryanova, translated by Elitza Kotzeva.”Review of Contemporary Fiction, 33 (1): 46-51. Dalkey Archive Press, 2013.
  • Born under a Lucky Star by Ilona Lacková. Centre de Recherches Tsiganes, Université “René Descartes”, Paris, France. Sofia: Litavra Publishing, 2000. (Czech to Bulgarian)



E-mail: elitza.kotzeva@aua.am

Phone: +37460 61 26 72

Office location: PAB 135W

Office hours: MWF 11:30—12:30

Website: www.elitzakotzeva.com



Tatevik Avetisyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Tatevik AvetisyanAdjunct Lecturer

Tatevik Avetisyan has been an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia since 2016 teaching PR and Discourse Analysis courses.

Tatevik Avetisyan brings insights from her expertise in providing strategic communication consultancy to local and international businesses, international organizations, diplomatic missions, and academic settings. For over 14 years she has been practicing PR and communications with corporate and humanitarian organizations in Armenia and internationally.

Tatevik Avetisyan has been leading the PR Unit and projects at Deem Communications since 2011. Together with DEEM, AUA and IREX she initiated the first ever PR Summit in Armenia, a professional event that hosts local and international experts since 2014. Currently, she is also a communication and training expert in “Support to EU Communication on Reforms in Armenia II” project.

She enjoys sharing, teaching, mentoring, traveling and connecting ideas and people to reveal their full potential.

Tatevik Avetisyan holds an MA degree with the focus on Public Relations from Ball State University, Indiana, U.S. Her undergraduate specialty is in English, Spanish and teaching from Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov.



  • 2009-2011, MA, Ball State University, IN, U.S. (Muskie Fellow)
  • 1998-2000, 5-year Diploma with Honor (English & Spanish, Teacher), Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov
  • 2001-2002, Non-degree exchange program, Education/methodology (FSA-Ugrad), University of Wyoming, WY, U.S.

Courses taught:

  • EC232 – Public Relations
  • EC200 – Introduction to Discourse Analysis


  • “PR: Environmental Factors”: Emporium PR/Marketing Magazine, March 2013
  • “Blindness – Not an Obstacle to Success”: www.a1plus.am, November 10, 2007: (The article was written in the framework of “South Caucasus – A Part of Europe” workshop, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia).
  • “What Do You Know about Arine?”: the Sevan newspaper, issue # 14, December 6, 2004.
  • “World Mental Health Day in Gavar”: the Geghama Ashkhar newspaper, issue # 13, November 4, 2004.

Research database IDs:


  • Winner of Ball State University Department of Journalism Louie Award (2010)


Email: tavetisyan@aua.am

Phone: +37460 61 2581

Office location: 607MB

Office hours: may change – Fall T TH 10:00-12:00; Spring MWF 10:30 -12:30 or T TH 10:00- 12:00

Raffi Meneshian
Raffi MeneshianLecturer

Raffi Meneshian is an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia (AUA), where he teaches marketing, advertising, and professional communication. He holds an MBA (Marketing) and BA (Political Science) from the University of Massachusetts. Raffi owns and operates Pomegranate Music, a record label that produces, promotes, and markets world and classical music worldwide. He is a member of the Recording Academy, where he holds an annual vote for the Grammy Awards. Raffi previously was a contributing writer for Global Rhythm, the largest global music lifestyle magazine in the world. He has worked in the marketing and sales realm within the insurance industry for established companies such as John Hancock, Automobile Association of America (AAA), Hub International, and Insurance Services Office (ISO), as well as a San Francisco-based startup company called ClearCare Online. He was awarded the Boghos Noubar Medal from the Republic of Armenia in 2017.

Mica Hilson, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Mica Hilson, Ph.DAssociate Professor

Mica Hilson earned his MA in English and a BA in Mathematics from Emory University at age 18, then went on to earn his PhD in English from Indiana University. At AUA, he teaches the first-year course in Communications and the fourth-year Research Methods and Capstone courses, along with classes in American Literature and Discourse Analysis. His research on modern and contemporary literature, culture, and critical theory has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including The ComparatistDoris Lessing Studies, and The Harold Pinter Review, as well as numerous essay collections, ranging from Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture to The Ethics and Rhetoric of Invasion Ecology

Higher education

  • 2010, PhD in English, Indiana University
  • 1998, MA in English, Emory University
  • 1998, BA in Mathematics, Emory University

Courses taught:

  • EC 104 – Introduction to Communications
  • EC 120 – American Literature
  • EC 121 – English Literature
  • EC 200 – Discourse Analysis
  • EC 290 – Research Methods
  • EC 299 – Capstone


  • “The Cost of Whimsy in Mood Indigo and The Grand Budapest Hotel” in Re:Focus: The Works of Michel Gondry, eds. Jennifer Kirby and Marcelline Block. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP (forthcoming in early 2020).
  • “Desire and Risk Management in Contagion Fiction” in Bodies of Contagion, eds. S.A. Polak, et al. Cardiff: U of Wales Press (forthcoming in early 2020).
  • “Slipping Queer Under the Radar” in Curricular Innovations: LGBTQ Literatures and the New English Studies, eds. William P. Banks and John Pruitt. New York: Peter Lang (2019).
  • “Reimagining the Family Tree: Property, Biopolitics, and Queer Kinship in David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon and Patrick White’s Riders in the Chariot.” Pacific Coast Philology 53.2 (2018).
  • “’Rubbish of All Kinds’: Domesticity, Squalor, and Squatting in Doris Lessing’s Fiction.” Doris Lessing Studies 36.1 (2018).
  • “The Little Revolution That Could: What can the world learn from Armenia’s successful uprising against a would-be strongman?” Slate 10 May 2018.
  • “Bath-Time and Cruising Time: Temporality, Tension, and Release in Pinter.” Harold Pinter Review 1 (2017): 50-65.
  • “The Forces of Habit and the Ethics of Self-Composture.” The Comparatist 40 (2016): 128-43.
  • “Rooting for the Unrooted: Invasive Species and Uncanny Ecosystems in Peter Carey’s ‘Exotic Pleasures’” in The Ethics and Rhetoric of Invasion Ecology, eds. James Stanescu and Kevin Cummings. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. 141-58.
  • “A Dwarf at the Table: Hospitality and the Non-Normate Body in Modern Literature” in Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture, eds. Jeffrey Clapp and Emily Ridge. London: Routledge, 2015.
  • “‘The odd man out in the family?’ Queer Throwbacks and Reproductive Futurism in The Fifth Child” Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism Yearbook 2013, Vol. 370, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills: Cengage/Gale, 2015.
  • “A Doctor for Who(m)?: Queer Temporalities and the Sexualized Child.” Co-written with Adrianne Wadewitz. Bookbird. 2014.
  • “Sharing Economies and Value Systems on the Nifty Archive” in The Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, eds. Rebecca Dean and Patrick Keilty. Los Angeles: Litwin, 2013.
  • “‘The odd man out in the family?’ Queer Throwbacks and Reproductive Futurism in The Fifth Child” in Doris Lessing Studies 30.1 (2011): 18-22.
  • “The ‘Problem’ of William Styron in The Confessions of Nat Turner” in Literary Griot: International Journal of Black Expressive Cultural Studies 14.1-2 (2002): 103-23.


E-mail: mhilson@aua.am

Phone: +37460 61 26 71

Office location: PAB 136W

Office hours: 1:00-2:30 MWF

Arto Vaun, Ph.D
Assistant Professor; Program Chair, BAEC; Director, The Center for Creative Writing
Arto Vaun, Ph.DAssistant Professor; Program Chair, BAEC; Director, The Center for Creative Writing

Arto Vaun holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Huddersfield. He has also attended Harvard University and the University of Glasgow. He joined the E&C faculty in 2014. In 2016 he founded and directs AUA’s Center for Creative Writing (CCW), the first such center in the region. Locomotive, one of the CCW’s major initiatives, is the first non-Armenian literary journal that is edited, published, and exported by Armenia to various bookstores around the world. Vaun’s first book of poetry, Capillarity, was published in 2009 by Carcanet. His poems have appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. In 2014 he received the Tololyan Prize in Literature and has been interviewed by the BBC, The Boston Globe, WAYO radio in New York and other media outlets. He taught at universities in Boston and Glasgow before coming to AUA, where he teaches Creative Writing, Modernism, World Literature, Modern Poetry, and other courses. His research interests include creative writing, transnational poetics, Modernism, and diaspora studies.

Syuzanna Torosyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Syuzanna TorosyanAdjunct Lecturer

Syuzanna Torosyan holds her BA in English and a Second/Foreign Language Teaching from Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from American University of Armenia. She joined AUA in 2011 as a recruitment and student progress coordinator, and a general English instructor at AUA Extension program. Currently she teaches Introduction to the Structure of English, and Freshman Seminar. Her interests lie in the areas of teacher training, program evaluation, and classroom assessment. She has actively been involved in research projects, presented in a number of local and international conferences, and published in a professional journal. Syuzanna is the author of a book on the impact of formative assessment on EFL Learners’ vocabulary enhancement.

Zareh Tjeknavorian
Zareh TjeknavorianLecturer

Zareh was born in Fargo, North Dakota into a family of musicians and grew up in Tehran, London, Frankfurt, Paris and New York, where he attended Professional Children’s School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film & television. Over the years he’s pursued his interests in ancient and esoteric cultures, lost histories, and the lives of the forgotten and dispossessed through short and long-form films. His most recent work, many years in the making, is a folk history of the genocide and its aftermath in Soviet Armenia told through the memories of orphans and refugees.

Zareh’s courses include Intro to FilmmakingFilmmaking 2: Writing with MovementThe Language of Film, and Topics in Cinema: Cinema of the Rising Sun.

Hourig Attarian, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Hourig Attarian, Ph.DAssociate Professor

Hourig Attarian has obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Education, McGill University. She is also a core member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Visual arts-based methodologies are a core facet of her research endeavours. Anchored in the blurred genre of life history and autobiographical inquiry, her work focuses on storying memory and identity through visual and narrative explorations. Her research-creation projects draw together difficult memories and marginalized histories of violence within a framework of public pedagogy.

Hourig teaches courses in education and oral history.