NAASR Welcomes Four New Highly Distinguished Board Members


BELMONT, Mass. The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) welcomed four highly accomplished new members to its 27-person board after its 67th Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 7, 2021. The new board members are poet , translator and editor Dr Susan Barba of Cambridge, MA; lawyer, adjunct professor and avid collector of Armenian social history Mark A. Momjian of Philadelphia, PA; author, lecturer, and Library of Congress scholar Dr. Khatchig Mouradian of Washington, DC; and researcher, author and professor Dr Anna Ohanyan of Concord, MA.

“We are honored to welcome these talented and distinguished new members to the NAASR Board of Trustees and will work together to move the NAASR forward as we expand our national and international collaborations, programming and academic support for the benefit of Armenians.” around the world, ”said board chairman Yervant Chekijian of Watertown, MA. Judith Saryan, First Vice-President, joins the President as NAASR officers elected for 2021-2022; Roxanne Etmekjian, second vice-president; Stepan Piligian, secretary; Bruce Roat, treasurer; Arlene Saryan Alexander, advisor; and Nancy R. Kolligian, advisor.

Ahead of the Board elections at the Annual Meeting, fascinating remarks were delivered by Dr Mouradian, Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist in the Africa and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress, in a lecture entitled “From enlightenment with digitization: Armenian collections at the Library of Congress. ”He acknowledged the cooperation he had enjoyed with the NAASR first as an academic, then as a lecturer at Columbia University, and now in the Library of Congress.

Chekijian thanked the three outgoing board members for their years of dedication, generosity and excellent service: George Aghjayan of Westminster, MA; Nurhan Becidyan from Paramus, NJ; and Sylvia Parsons, formerly of Bethesda, MD, now of San Diego, CA.

Distinguished New Members of the Board of Directors

Newly elected NAASR Board members are highly distinguished in their respective fields. Dr Barba is a poet, translator and editor at New York Review Books. She has been a member of the NAASR for 18 years and attended the NAASR International Conference on “Rethinking Armenian Studies: Past, Present and Future” in 2002, as a graduate student at Harvard University. She is the author of beautiful sun (2017) and geode (2020), finalist for the New England Book Awards and the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her first book, awarded the Anahid Literary Prize from Columbia University and the Minas & Kohar Tölölyan Prize, devotes its second section to a series of prose poems about a child speaking with her grandfather that details her experiences in the genocide. Armenian. She is also co-editor, with Victoria Rowe, of I want to live: poems by Shushanik Kurghinian and the editor of A Literary Field Guide to American Wildflowers, illustrated by Leanne Shapton, to be published in September 2022 by Abrams Press. She received her doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University; his thesis, Crossroads poets, focusing on the work of Yeghishe Tcharents, Osip Mandelstam and WH Auden.

Momjian has been actively involved in Armenian studies for over three decades. He has been a member of the NAASR for many years and is a frequent contributor to programs with Columbia University, co-sponsored by the NAASR. After graduating from Columbia Law School, he was elected to the board of directors of the Armenian Center at Columbia University, of which he is the past president. He was co-chair of the Armenian Church Earthquake Fund, spearheading a regional effort that raised more than half a million dollars for survivors of the devastating 1988 earthquake. A passionate collector of Armenian social history, his material artefacts were exhibited on the occasion of the centenary of the Armenian genocide. He is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Villanova and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He has won numerous awards for his public service work on behalf of underserved and minority communities and is listed in Who is who in America and Best avocados in America.

Dr Mouradian is the Armenian and Georgian Zone Specialist in the Africa and Middle East Division (Near East Section) at the Library of Congress; and Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. He is the author of The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918. He is a member of the NAASR, a frequent presenter of NAASR programs and Leadership Circle events, and works closely with the NAASR on Columbia University programs. Former editor-in-chief of the Armenian Weekly, Dr Mouradian is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on the history of the Late Ottoman and the editor of The Armenian Review. He was Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor at California State University at Fresno and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He has received numerous awards and scholarships. He holds a doctorate. in History from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and a BS in Biology from Haigazian University.

Dr Ohanyan is the Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College and a two-time Fulbright Fellow for the South Caucasus. She is a member of the NAASR Leadership Circle, a frequent presenter of NAASR programs, and a very active member of the NAASR Contemporary Topics Committee. She is the author and (co) editor of five books, including Russia Abroad: Driving the Regional Divide in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond (edited, Georgetown University Press, 2018), and Network regionalism as conflict management (Stanford University Press, 2015). His most recent manuscript is The neighborhood effect: the imperial roots of the regional divide in Eurasia, to be published by Stanford University Press in 2022. His articles have appeared in many prestigious journals and newspapers. She was a doctoral student and post-doctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She got her doctorate. in Political Science from Syracuse University.

The incumbents re-elected to a three-year term were Roupen Berberian of Glendale, CA; Joan Kolligian of Arlington, MA; Nancy Kolligian of Watertown, MA; Margaret Mgrublian, from Pasadena, California; Bruce Roat from Los Angeles, California; and Raffi Yeghiayan, Councilor, of Bedford, MA,


Founded in 1955, NAASR is one of the world’s leading resources for advancing Armenian studies, supporting academics, and building a global community to preserve and enrich Armenian culture, history and identity for future generations.

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