Inna Mirzoyan

Inna  Mirzoyan
  • PhD Alum
  • Department of Sociology
  • MA, Michigan State University, 2019
  • BA, James Madison College, Michigan State University, 2014


Inna Mirzoyan



Inna Mirzoyan completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is interested in diaspora communities and organizations. Inna’s research intersects theories within migration, gender, and urban studies to ask questions about migrant identity and feelings of belonging. Inna’s dissertation focuses on the Armenian Diaspora in the U.S. and how its members perform transnational behavior through their participation in diaspora and political organizations. Inna also holds a specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies from the Center for Gender in the Global Context. In 2020, she received a Dissertation Fellowship from the GenCen. 
In 2020, Inna was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Award. Her dissertation fieldwork was completed during her time as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Yerevan, Armenia where she conducted in-depth interviews with organization participants and staff members. Inna completed an additional set of interviews during her second phase of fieldwork in Greater Los Angeles where she primarily focused on the Armenian ethnic enclaves of Hollywood and Glendale. Her research questions seek to better understand how migrants, including those beyond second-generation, maintain ethnic ties to a “homeland” and create new communities of home. Inna relies on visual sociology and utilizes photovoice practices in her research and teaching. 
In addition to research, Inna has been developing her pedagogical approaches to teaching sociology. In 2018-2019, Inna was selected to be an Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellow through the MSU Graduate School where she developed an independent research project within the James Madison College that explored the role of grades in a liberal arts setting. Her research involved in-depth interviews with faculty members and students. Inna is also currently pursuing a Certification in College Teaching through the MSU Graduate School.


  • Women’s and Gender Studies


Mirzoyan, Inna. 2022. Book Review of Knowing About Genocide: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggle by Joachim J. Savelsberg. Contemporary Sociology 51(5): 411-413.

Mirzoyan, Inna. 2022. “Armenian Enclave in L.A.” American Sociological Association Community & Urban Sociology Section Newsletter 35(2): 20-23. (

Mirzoyan, Inna. 2022. “Film Review: Last Chance U: Basketball.” Teaching Sociology 50(2): 194-197.

Hsieh, Ning and Inna Mirzoyan. 2021. “Disparities in Experience with Culturally Competent Care and Satisfaction with Care by Sexual Orientation.” LGBT Health 8(3): 222-230.