Dr. Nelli Babayan is a Post-doctoral researcher within TRANSWORLD project at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Trento, Italy (2012) and her MA in Political Science from the Central European University, Hungary (2005).
After completion of her PhD she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia where she taught an MA course on Democracy Promotion and democratization in the South Cacucasus. Her main research interests include democracy promotion/democratization, EU and US foreign policies and transatlantic relations, politics of the South Caucasus, and EU-Russia relations.
In 2005-2008 she worked for Core Media Support Program for Armenia implemented by IREX and funded by USAID, where she was Training Department Manager in 2006-2008. In 2010 she was visiting researcher at the Center for International and Comparative Studies, ETH Zurich and think-tank FRIDE, Madrid.