November 9, 1932 |
|Alma mater||UC Berkeley (BA, MA)
|Spouse||Vartiter Hovannisian (née Kotcholosian)|
Hovannisian was born and raised in Tulare, California. His father, Gaspar Gavroian, was born in 1901 in the village of Bazmashen (now Saricabük), near Kharpert in Western Armenia, Ottoman Empire and moved to the United States in 1920. As soon as he arrived at Ellis Island, he changed his last name from Gavroian to Hovannisian, after his father's name Hovhannes. He lived in Chelsea, Massachusetts for five years and then settled in Tulare, where dozens of Armenian refugees from Bazmashen had already started a new life. In 1926, Kaspar married Siroon (Sarah) Nalbandian, a child of the Genocide survivors as well. Their two sons were born in 1928 (John) and 1930 (Ralph). Raffi's father, Richard Gable Hovhannisian (named after Clark Gable) was born last on November 9, 1932. Hovannisian is the father of Raffi Hovannisian, former Foreign Minister of Armenia.
Richard Hovannisian married Vartiter in 1957 at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Fresno. He received his Bachelor's of Arts in history in 1954 from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master's degree in history in 1958 and his Ph.D. in (1966) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was also Associate Professor of History at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, from 1966 to 1969. In 1987, Professor Hovannisian was appointed as the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA. Hovanissian is a Guggenheim Fellow who has received numerous honors for his scholarship, civic activities, and advancement of Armenian Studies. His biographical entries are included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World among other scholarly and literary reference works. Hovanissian serves on the board of directors of nine scholarly and civic organizations, including the Facing History and Ourselves Foundation; the International Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide; International Alert; the Foundation for Research on Armenian Architecture; and the Armenian National Institute (ANI). He received UCLA Alumni Association's 2010-2011 "Most Inspiring Teacher" award.
The Director of the Armenian Research Center in University of Michigan–Dearborn, Dr. Dennis R. Papazian commended Hovannisian in a recent review:
- "Richard Hovannisian has done genocide and Holocaust scholarship a great service by producing a collection of fresh essays which expand our knowledge and explore revealing facets heretofore ignored."
- The Republic of Armenia, Volume 1 (1971) and Volume II (1982), Vols. III & IV (1996) U.C. Press
- The Armenian Holocaust, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Armenian Heritage Press (1980)
- The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, 2 vols. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997
- Remembrance and Denial: The Case of the Armenian Genocide. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998
UCLA conference series proceedings (2000–2009)
The UCLA conference series titled "Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces" is organized by Hovannisian, as the Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History. The conference proceedings (edited by Hovannisian) that have so far been published (in Costa Mesa, CA, by Mazda Publishers) are:
- Armenian Van/Vaspurakan (2000) OCLC 44774992
- Armenian Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush (2001) OCLC 48223061
- Armenian Tsopk/Kharpert (2002) OCLC 50478560
- Armenian Karin/Erzerum (2003) OCLC 52540130
- Armenian Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia (2004) OCLC 56414051
- Armenian Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa (2006) OCLC 67361643
- Armenian Cilicia (2008) OCLC 185095701
- Armenian Pontus: the Trebizond-Black Sea communities (2009) OCLC 272307784
- Hovannisian 2010, p. 3.
- Hovannisian 2010, p. 36.
- Hovannisian 2010, p. 38.
- Hovannisian 2010, pp. 40-41.
- Hovannisian 2010, p. 43.
- Hovannisian 2010, p. 45.
- Stepanian, Ruzanna. "DIASPORA SCHOLAR WARNS OF ARMENIAN ‘FAILED STATE’". Armtown. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- "Faculty". The Armenian Educational Foundation. UCLA. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- Professor Richard Hovannisian to Receive "Most Inspiring Teacher" Award
- Dennis, Papazian. "Review of Hovannisian, Remembrance and Denial". Selected writings of Dr. Dennis R. Papazian. The University of Michigan–Dearborn. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- Hovannisian, Garin K. (2010). Family of Shadows: A century of murder, memory, and the Armenian American dream. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-1-79208-3.