Houri Berberian has been named the School of Humanities’ Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies. The $2 million endowed chair was established in 2014 by Vahe and Armine Meghrouni, with additional backing from the local Armenian American community and a $500,000 match from the UC Office of the President. Berberian joins UCI from California State University, Long Beach, where she was a professor of Middle Eastern history and director of the Middle Eastern studies program. She is the author of numerous articles and a book, Armenians & the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911: The Love for Freedom Has No Fatherland. At UCI, Berberian will create an integrated study program on Armenians and Armenia. She says her vision is to “develop a forward-looking and dynamic center for both undergraduate and graduate training in the field. Also, I very much look forward to contributing to the intellectual and cultural life of the wider community through organizing public events, including lectures and academic conferences.” Read the full release here.
Houri Berberian appointed to endowed chair in Armenian studies