Dr. Mehmet Polatel studies socioeconomic history, agrarian relations, violence, genocide, and the dispossession of Armenians in the late Ottoman period. He received his PhD from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul in 2017.

Dr. David Leupold’s academic interests include politics of memory and counter narratives, utopias of the past and the future, and the Soviet and post-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asia. He earned his PhD in the Social Sciences from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2018.

To read more about the 2018-19 fellows, please visit our Manoogian Fellows profile page.

The University of Michigan’s Center for Armenian Studies (ASP) promotes the study of Armenian history, language, culture and society. ASP is built on the solid foundation of rigorous curriculum offered by the two endowed chairs in Armenian studies: The Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History (1981) and the Marie Manoogian Chair in Armenian Language and Literature (1987). A member of the University of Michigan International Institute, the program organizes educational opportunities for students, faculty and the community.