Education and Academic Background
Dr. Vartuhi Tonoyan, born in Ninozminda (Georgia), earns University Entrance Diploma with Distinction from the Russian Secondary School (Georgia) in 1993. She studies Economics at the Yerevan State University of National Economy (Armenia) and Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany), holding a degree of Diploma of Economics with Distinction in 1999 in Armenia. In 2001, she becomes affiliated with the Institute for Small Business Research at the University of Mannheim (Germany) as a research fellow. During 2003-2009, she is PhD Candidate at the Department of International Management, graduating summa cum laude from the Doctorate in Management at the University of Mannheim. Following her Ph.D., she spends a postdoc year at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. After that she workes as assistant professor of Entrepreneurship at the Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, and visiting scholar at Alberta Business School, University of Alberta, Canada. She is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at California State University, Fresno, CA.
Her research is published in leading management and entrepreneurship journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing and others. She is collaborating with ifm Mannheim researchers in various research projects related to female entrepreneurship, migrant entrepreneurship and technology entrepreneurship.