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consultant , political science educator , author

Vernon Varaztat Aspaturian, political science educator, consultant, author. Recipient Smith Mundt award Government United States, 1958-1959; Inter-University Committee travel grantee, 1958; Joint Committee on Eastern Europe conference grantee, 1976, 80; Rockefeller Foundation research fellow, 1956-1967.


Aspaturian, Vernon Varaztat was born on February 16, 1922 in Armavir, Kuban, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Son of Serop and Gayane (Ohanesian) Aspaturian.


AB with highest honors, University of California at Los Angeles, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1951.


Evan Pugh professor political science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1952-1992;director Slavic and Soviet Language and Area Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1965-1989;senior director, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1989-1992;Evan Pugh professor emeritus political science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1992. Visiting professor Johns Hopkins University School Advanced International Rels., University of California at Los Angeles, Columbia University, Rand Graduate School, Naval Postgraduate School, graduate Institute Internat.Affairs, Geneva, Institute Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, Christian Albrechts U., Kiel, Germany. Lecturer universities in the United States, Europe, Latin American, E. Asia.

Consultant Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California, 1961-1968, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, United States.Dept. State, unites states department Commerce, Health Research Board-Singer, State College, Pennsylvania, 1970-1971, Central Intelligence Agency, Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States Information Agency, Pacific-Sierra Corporation, Washington, 1981-1982. Advisory board, Kennan Institute, Washington, U. Miami Graduate School International Affairs.

Expert witness commission on foreign affairs United States House Representatives.



Member Political Science Association (president conference on comparative communist studies 1972-1973), American Association for Advancement Slavic Studies (executive council 1973-1974, chairman Shulman prize committee 1987-1992), International Studies Association, International Political Science Association, American Council Learned Societies (member joint committee on Eastern Europe), Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Pi Sigma Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: stamp collecting, ancient coins, antique maps, archaeology.


Married Suzanne Lee Dohan, August 29, 1948. Children: Heidi Jeanne, Nancy Lee.

Serop Aspaturian

Gayane (Ohanesian) Aspaturian

Suzanne Lee Dohan

Heidi Jeanne Aspaturian

Nancy Lee Aspaturian