Anoush F. Terjanian
Anoush F. Terjanian
Fellow (HRREC)


Research Interests

  • Democratic, collaborative, and corporate governance
  • Origins of inequality and economic insecurity
  • Origins and consequences of imperialism
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonisation

B.A., Joint Honours (McGill University); M.Phil. (Cambridge University), Co-tutelle doctorale (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University).

Anoush Fraser Terjanian currently serves as a Fellow of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, following roles as the Special Adviser to the Vice-President, International and Francophonie, building on an initiative co-developed as Assistant Vice Dean, Partnerships and Research Networks, at the uOttawa Faculty of Social Sciences: the Gender, Peace, and Security Collaboratory project, for which the HRREC is a core partner. Her research and teaching have focused on 18th-century France—birthplace of political and economic theories under renewed critical evaluation, namely imperialism, modern democracy, and capitalism.

Dr Terjanian previously served (on secondment) as the founding Director of the US Social Science Research Council's Anxieties of Democracy program. In that role she collaborated with an eminent Advisory Committee to design, fund, promote, and manage this international venture seeking to incubate and broadcast a better understanding of the dilemmas of legitimacy and capacity faced by established democracies.

A former Research Fellow at Brown and Harvard universities, Dr Terjanian currently serves on the Democracy/Populism/Nationalism Research Group of the Europe-Canada Network, the “Democracies and Their Futures” project co-housed at UVic’s Centre for Global Studies, the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and the Cedar Tree Institute, and she is a member of the Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum. In 2021, she was re-appointed to a second term on the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, where she served on the Executive Committee.