Ararat L. Osipian holds a PhD in Economics of Education and Human Development from Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt and an MA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, where he came as a fellow of the US Department of State. Dr. Osipian is the author of The Impact of Human Capital on Economic Growth: A Case Study in Post-Soviet Ukraine, 1989-2009 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His articles and reviews appeared in Asian Politics & Policy, Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Canadian and International Education Journal, Capital & Class, Comparative Education Review, Comparative Sociology, Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, Contemporary Politics, Critical Policy Studies, Democratization, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, East European Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Economics of Education Review, Europe-Asia Studies, European Education: Issues and Studies, European Journal of Sociology, Global Crime, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, International Journal of Educational Development, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Eurasian Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Political Studies Review, Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Research in Comparative and International Education, Social Anthropology, Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Transition Studies Review, FedUni Journal of Higher Education, and Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research, and Global Corruption Report: Education by Transparency International. He is also a winner of several awards, including grants from Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Edmund Muskie/FSA, Yale, Vanderbilt, and Central European University. His research interests include corruption in higher education and inequalities in access to higher education in international perspective, corporate, property and land raiding, nexus of education and economic growth, modern welfare states and political economy of transition.