Kelvin Smith Library
This guide was prepared for the presentation by Richard Hovannisian on April 4, 2016 entitled "Under Cover of War: The Armenian Genocide and Its Continuing Ramifications."
Richard Hovannisian is Professor Emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA, where he was the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History. He is the author of thirty-five books and numerous scholarly articles, including five volumes on the Armenian Genocide and thirteen volumes on historic Armenian cities and provinces in the Ottoman Empire.
Professor Hovannisian is a Guggenheim Fellow and has received many honors for his scholarship, civic activities, and advancement of Armenian Studies. He is a founder and six-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies and has participated in numerous international forums and in the media on Armenian and Neat Eastern issues. He 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). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Armenian Review, Ararat, Human Rights Review, Journal for the Society for Armenian Studies, and Mitk. For over 40 years, Professor Hovannisian has overseen the Armenian Genocide Oral History Project.
Professor Hovannisian was born in Tulare, California in 1932 into a family of Armenian Genocide survivors. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D from UCLA in 1966. He was an Associate Professor of History at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, from 1966 to 1969, and was appointed the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA in 1987. Following his retirement in 2011, the Armenian Educational Foundation Endowed Chair was renamed as the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in his honor.