Kevork Bardakjian

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Kevork Bardakjian

Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Languages and Literatures
Professor, Near Eastern Studies

202 South Thayer Street, Suite 4135 Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 4135 STB
Phone: 734.763.7655
Fax: 734.936.2679
kbar@umich.edu
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • CREES, Near Eastern Studies, Armenian Studies Program, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Islamic Studies Program
  • Fields of Study
    • Armenian language, literature, and culture
  • About

    Professor Kevork B. Bardakjian was born in Beirut, Lebanon.  He received his first degrees in Armenian studies from the University of Yerevan and his D.Phil. from Oxford University, England.  As a Senior Lecturer and Armenian Bibliographer he taught Armenian literature, language, culture and history at Harvard University and at the Harvard Extension from 1974 to 1987.  In 1987, he became the first holder of the newly-established Marie Manoogian Chair of Armenian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and founded, directed, and taught at, the University of Michigan Summer Armenian Institute in Yerevan, Armenia (1988-2009).  From 1995 to 2007, he was Director of the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.   Professor Bardakjian has been active in the Society for Armenian Studies and a number of other professional societies, has served on the editorial boards of some Armenian studies journals, has published many books and articles and has lectured extensively in the US and abroad.  Professor Bardakjian is a Fellow of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and is currently President of the Society for Armenian Studies.

  • Education
    • Ph.D 1974, Armenian Studies, Oxford University
    • M.A. 1970, Armenian Language and Literature, Yerevan State University
  • Awards
    • "Arthur H. Dadian Armenian Heritage Award," New York, NY, 2000.
    • The Writers’ Union of Armenia, “In recognition of fruitful literary activities and accomplishments,” 7 July, 2008.
    • Presidential Recognition for long-standing contributions to Armenian studies, identity and language, proclaimed by Serge Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, 21 February, 2009.
    • “The Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” 07 May, 2011.
    • “The Hakob Meghapart Medal” for contributions to Armenian studies, 03 October, 2014.
  • Grants
    • U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare grant to prepare a textbook of Modern Western Armenian (with R.W. Thomson). 1974.
    • The National Endowment for the Humanities grant to prepare a reference guide to Armenian literature (with R.W. Thomson). 1979-1980.