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Dr. Dickran Kouymjian - Curriculum Vitae

Born 1934 to U.S. citizens in Rumania. Married to Angèle Kapöian, professor of French and research scholar in Armenian and Islamic studies.

1952-57 B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison; European cultural history.
1958-61 M.A. American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Arabic studies. Dissertation: "The Crisis in the Armenian Church."
1961-67 PhD. Columbia University, New York (degree granted 1969); Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; major: Armenian studies, minors: Turkic and Arabic studies. Dissertation: "A Numismatic History of Southeastern Caucasia and Adharbayjan Based on the Islamic Coinage of the 5th/11th to the 7th/13th Centuries."
1962 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; intensive Turkish
1965 American Numismatic Society, New York; Numismatic seminar (summer).
1968-71 American University in Cairo, Egypt; Islamic art and architecture.
1975-6, 8 Ecole pratiques des hautes tudes, Paris; Byzantine illumination.

1977-2008-Haig & Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies; Director, Center for Armenian Studies; Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program, School of Arts and Humanities, California State University, Fresno.
1996-97-William Saroyan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
1988-91-Professor and Chairholder of Armenian, Director, Armenian Department, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), University of Paris III.
1987 Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Erevan State University, Armenia.
1976-78 Professor, Near Eastern and Classical history and art, American University in Paris.
1971-76 Associate Professor, Armenian and Near Eastern history and art, History and Religious Studies Department, Coordinator, B.A. Program in Art History (1974-5), American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
1971-72 Professor, Armenian history and civilization; Chairman, Department of Armenian Studies, Haigazian College, Beirut, Lebanon.
1967-71 Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern history and civilization, Assistant Director, Center.for Arabic Studies, American University in Cairo, Egypt,
1965-67 Director, American Authors, Inc. Literary Agency, 342 Madison Ave., N.Y.
1961-64 Lecturer, Oriental and Western humanities, English Department, Columbia University, N.Y.
1959-61 Instructor, Western Humanities and European History, General Education Department, American University of Beirut

1976 UNESCO, Paris, Section for the Preservation of Sites and Monuments, Consultant to the Libyan Arab Republic, Department of Antiquities on the conservation, classification, and display of ancient coins and metalwork. See UNESCO Technical Report RP/1975-76/3.421.5.

American Historical Association (1971-86)
American Numismatic Society (1965-), elected Fellow 1986
American Oriental Society (1966-90)
Armenian Numismatic Society (1973-)
Association internationale des études arméniennes (1982-)
founding member, Executive Committee, 1990-1993
College Arts Association (1973-)
International Association of Iranian Art & Archaeology (1972-1979)
Medieval Academy of America (1969-1976)
Middle East Medievalists (1989), founding member
Middle East Studies Association (1969-), founding member
Phi Kappa Phi honor society, (1995-)
Oriental Numismatic Society (1975-78)
Société asiatique, Paris (1978-)
Société de la Revue des études arméniennes, Paris (1978-)
Society for Armenian Studies (1974-) founding member, administrative Council (1974-5, 1980-1, 1984-86, 1992-95, 1998-2000), President (1984-86, 1992-94).

1964 Carnegie Endowment Fellowship in Oriental Humanities, Columbia University, N.Y.
1969 & 1970 Outstanding Professor Award, Student Council, American University in Cairo, two successive years.
1977- Board of Advisors Armenian Architectural Archive, Troy, N.Y.
1979 Hagop Kevorkian Distinguished Lectureship in Near Eastern Art and Civilization, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University. Lecture Series Topic: "The Iconography of Armenian Pentecost."
1980-81 Board of Directors, William Saroyan Foundation, San Francisco.
1981-2 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to inventory and move William Saroyan's archives from Paris to Fresno and Berkeley, California.
1982 Appointed by the William Saroyan Foundation to take the writer's ashes to Soviet Armenia for burial.
1984-86 Elected President, Society for Armenian Studies, two successive terms.
1985- Board of Scholars, Zoryan Institute for Contemporary Armenian Research and Documentation Cambridge, MA.
1986- Board of Directors, Armenian Film Foundation, Los Angeles.
1986 Chosen Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Faculty Senate, California State University, Fresno.
1987- Elected Fellow, American Numismatic Society.
1987 Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Erevan State University, Erevan, Armenia.
1988- Chosen first incumbent of the Haig & Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies, California State University, Fresno.
1990-1993 Executive Committee of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arm niennes.
1991- Academic Advisory Board of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research.
1991- Appointed first Director of the Center for Armenian Studies, California State University, Fresno.
1992 Technology Research Grant for the computerization of the Index of Armenian Art, California State University, Fresno.
1992-94 Elected President, Society for Armenian Studies.
1993-99 Successive research grants from the Bertha & John Garabedian Charitable Foundation.
1995 Elected Honorary Life Member for Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Armenian Studies in America, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research,
1995 NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Grant for research on a pre-seventh century Armeno-Greek papyrus,
1996 Received encyclicals from His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia and Karekin I, Catholicos of the Armenian Church in Holy Etchmiadzin for service to Armenian Studies.
1996 Decorated with the medal of St. Sahak and St. Mesrop by His Holiness Karekin I, Catholicos of the Armenian Church, for service to Armenian Studies.
1996 Elected to Phi Kappa Phi honor society with special recognition
1997 Invited to Armenia by the Ministry of Culture to conduct a two week film festival on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of director Rouben Mamoulian.
1998 Official nominee of the Fresno State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in the triennial national competition for the outstanding scholar of the U.S.; ranked among the top five nation-wide
1999 Chosen "University Scholar of the Year" by Phi Kappa Phi honor society at Fresno State.
1999 Recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the newly established category of "Outstanding Achievements in Research."
2000 Chosen "Man of the Year," by the Armenian National Committee Central Valley.
2003 Arthur H. Dadian Armenian Heritage Award, Armenian Students Association of American.

1977 Armenian Review, Boston
1978 Revue des Etudes Arm niennes, Paris
1978 Ararat Literary Quarterly, New York
1986 Journal of Armenian Studies, Cambridge, MA
1986-96 Documents of Armenian Architecture/Documenti di Architettura Armena, Milan, English editor
1992 Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Ann Arbor, Michigan