Salpi Ghazarian joined the USC Institute of Armenian Studies in 2014 after returning to Los Angeles from Yerevan, Armenia, where she co-founded and directed the Civilitas Foundation, a think tank and advocacy organization. Civilitas and its media program, CivilNet, pioneered a new culture of responsible journalism through online television and data-based reporting. Salpi’s previous posts include Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Armenia, head of research for the Zoryan Institute, and editor and publisher of Armenian International Magazine. Salpi is a USC Alumna.
SILVA SEVLIAN, Associate Director
Silva Sevlian oversees diaspora-related initiatives as well as university and student relations. She manages the Institute’s annual cornerstone event Innovate Armenia and offers logistical support to the Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies at USC. Silva’s interest in the field stems from an oral history project she conducted in Ethiopia through the USC Africa Student Fund, studying the shrinking Ethiopian-Armenian community in Addis Ababa. Prior to joining the team at the Institute, she worked as a researcher at the Center on Public Diplomacy and later, on the executive team at USC Shoah Foundation. Silva has a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism and a Master’s degree in Public Diplomacy, both from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
SYUZANNA PETROSYAN, Associate Director
Syuzanna Petrosyan manages programs related to the Republic of Armenia and post-genocide issues, administers communication efforts, and designs programs for scholars and practitioners. Syuzanna’s previous work includes Executive Producer at Annenberg Digital News site Neon Tommy, Senior Editor of Public Diplomacy Magazine, and Public Relations Manager at the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife in Armenia. Syuzanna is a co-founder of the Turkey-Armenia branch of the Olive Tree Initiative at University of California, Irvine (UCI), an experiential education program that takes students on annual trips to conflict regions. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and International Studies from University of California, Irvine, a Master’s Degree in Public Diplomacy from USC, and she is a trained mediator.