Astghik graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yerevan State University (YSU) in 2010 and a M.A. in Economics from the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) in 2013. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Astghik worked 4 years in the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Armenia. Her fields of interest are international finance, sovereign debt and default, and development economics.