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Unpacking Armenian Studies

Jun 18, 2019

Mysteries, miracles, and occasional miseries – Dr. Victor Agadjanian, professor of sociology at UCLA, comes across these phenomena in his research. From studying Swahili, to sexual risks of migrant women in Russia, to gender ideology in Karabakh, he focuses on social demography, migration, and sexual and reproductive health and behavior. In conversation with Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, Dr. Agadjanian discusses his path to studying similar issues in disparate places, from Africa to Armenia.

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Agadjanian, V. “Exclusion, violence, and optimism: Ethnic divides in Kyrgyzstan.” Ethnicities (online first)

Agadjanian, V., and Sarah R. Hayford. 2018. “Labor migration and marital dissolution in rural Mozambique” Journal of Family Issues 39(5): 1236-1257

Agadjanian, V., Cecilia Menjívar, and Natalya Zotova. 2017. “Legality, racialization, and immigrants’ experience of harassment in Russia”Social Problems 64(4): 558-576

Agadjanian, V., and Karine Markosyan. 2017. “Male labor migration, patriarchy, and the awareness-behavior gap: HIV risks and prevention among migrants’ wives in Armenia” AIDS Care 29(6): 705- 710

Agadjanian, V. 2015. “Women’s religious authority in sub-Saharan Africa: Dialectics of empowerment and dependency” Gender & Society 29 (6): 982–1008 

Agadjanian, V., and Arusyak Sevoyan. 2014. “Embedding or uprooting? The effects of international labor migration on rural households in Armenia” International Migration 52(5): 29-46