Vision and Mission

The USC Institute of Armenian Studies is an international resource that convenes and supports a multidisciplinary community of scholars who probe social, educational, and political challenges impacting Armenian communities and the Republic of Armenia.

The Institute of Armenian Studies promotes research, scholarship and programming that address national and global challenges and seek to contribute to the formulation of policy. The Institute’s focus is post-genocide studies, the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora.

These national challenges include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining and cultivating the Armenian identity
  • Studying the image, values and contribution in a global, post-modern, multicultural world
  • Creating strategic cooperation and partnership between the Diaspora and Armenia
  • Ensuring Armenia’s security, development and democratization
  • Understanding changes in Turkey, Russia, and Iran, and the impact on Armenians and Armenia
  • Resolving the explosive situation surrounding Karabakh
  • Protecting human life and the vast heritage in the Middle East
  • Developing a digital era system to share news and information
  • Addressing the critical need for Armenian language vitality and cohesion


The USC Institute of Armenian Studies was established in 2005, within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. In the Armenian tradition of respected international academies – the Lazarian in Moscow, the Nersisian in Tbilisi, the Noubarian in Paris – the Institute is committed to welcoming the curious of all nations and from all disciplines, and tackling these challenges which impact Armenians and are fundamentally linked to global trends and developments.