Richard G. Hovannisian

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Richard Hovannisian
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Hovannisian during the anti-government protests in Yerevan's Freedom Square in March 2013
Born (1932-11-09) November 9, 1932 (age 81)
Tulare, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, CA
Nationality American
Fields Armenian, Russian, and Near Eastern history
Institutions UCLA
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (BA)
University of California, Los Angeles (MA, PhD)
Doctoral advisor Raymond H. Fisher
Doctoral students George Bournoutian, Stephen Astourian, Levon Marashlian, Vahram Shemmassian
Known for Republic of Armenia (4 vols.)
Spouse Vartiter Hovannisian (née Kotcholosian)
Website
Richard G. Hovannisian UCLA Homepage

Richard G. Hovannisian (born November 9, 1932) is an American historian and scholar specializing in Armenian and Middle Eastern history. Most of his work is focused on the Armenian Genocide and the First Republic of Armenia.

Biography[edit]

Background[edit]

Hovannisian was born and raised in Tulare, California into a family of Armenian Genocide survivors. His father, Gaspar Gavroian, was born in 1901 in the village of Bazmashen (now Saricabük, Turkey tr), near Kharpert in Western (Turkish) Armenia, Ottoman Empire.[1] Fleeing the genocide of 1915, he moved to the United States by 1920 and changed his last name from Gavroian to Hovannisian, after his father's name, Hovhannes.[2] In 1926, Kaspar married Siroon (Sarah) Nalbandian, a child of the genocide survivors as well.[3] Their two sons were born in 1928 (John) and 1930 (Ralph). Richard Gable Hovannisian (middle name after Clark Gable) was born last on November 9, 1932.[4]

Richard married Vartiter Kotcholosian in 1957 at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Fresno. They had several children, including Raffi, who later went on to become the first Foreign Minister of Armenia and is currently an opposition politician.[5]

Education and career[edit]

Hovannisian received his B.A. in history (1954) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in history (1958) and his Ph.D. (1966) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was also an associate professor of history at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, from 1966 to 1969, having joined UCLA in 1962. Hovannisian's scholarly work early on was focused on the history of the First Republic of Armenia (1918-20). His Ph.D. dissertation, originally envisioned to encompass its entire history, was published in 1967 as Armenia on the Road to Independence and went on to serve as the introduction to the four volumes (1971-1996) that he would eventually publish on the history of the republic. These volumes were well-received among scholarly circles and were followed later by individual studies on former Armenian-populated towns and cities of the Ottoman Empire.

In 1986, 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.[6] 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).[7] He received the UCLA Alumni Association's 2010-2011 "Most Inspiring Teacher" award.[8]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Republic of Armenia, Vol. I (1971), Vol. II (1982), Vols. III & IV (1996) Berkeley: University of California 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 (editor)
  • Remembrance and Denial: The Case of the Armenian Genocide. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998 (editor)

UCLA conference series proceedings[edit]

The UCLA conference series titled "Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces" has been 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:

  1. Armenian Van/Vaspurakan (2000) OCLC 44774992
  2. Armenian Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush (2001) OCLC 48223061
  3. Armenian Tsopk/Kharpert (2002) OCLC 50478560
  4. Armenian Karin/Erzerum (2003) OCLC 52540130
  5. Armenian Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia (2004) OCLC 56414051
  6. Armenian Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa (2006) OCLC 67361643
  7. Armenian Cilicia (2008) OCLC 185095701 (together with Simon Payaslian)
  8. Armenian Pontus: the Trebizond-Black Sea Communities (2009) OCLC 272307784

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hovannisian 2010, p. 3.
  2. ^ Hovannisian 2010, pp. 36-38.
  3. ^ Hovannisian 2010, pp. 40-43.
  4. ^ Hovannisian 2010, p. 45.
  5. ^ Stepanian, Ruzanna (30 March 2006). "Diaspora Scholar Warns Of Armenian ‘Failed State’". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Armenian Service. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Faculty". The Armenian Educational Foundation. UCLA. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  7. ^ Biography
  8. ^ Professor Richard Hovannisian to Receive "Most Inspiring Teacher" Award

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