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Graduate Students

Armen Abkarian

Department of History PhD Student
abkarian@umich.edu

Interests: The Mongol Empire, Armenian Literature, Armenian Historiography

Education: MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

Ali Bolcakan

Comparative Literature PhD Student
bolcakan@umich.edu

Interests: Ottoman and Armenian Studies, Turkish-German minority literatures, literary theory and continental philosophy

Languages: Turkish, English, German, Ottoman, modern Greek, French

Education: MA in Comparative Languages & Literatures, Bilgi University, Istanbul Turkey

Tuğçe Kayaal

Middle East Studies PhD Student
tkayaal@umich.edu

Interests: History of childhood and youth in the Middle East; history of gender and sexuality in the late Ottoman Empire; Ottoman social and cultural history; cultural history of the body; social and cultural history of World War

Languages: Turkish (Native), English (Fluent), Armenian (Intermediate), French (Intermediate), Arabic (Elementary), German (Reading Proficiency)

Education: MA, Sabanci University, History

Sosi Lepejian

Department of Sociology PhD Student
lepejian@umich.edu

Interests: Ethnography, comparative-historical sociology, environmental sociology, colonialism, social movements, migration, race and ethnicity, Middle East Studies

Languages: English, Spanish, Western Armenian, Arabic

Education: BA in Human Rights, Bard College

Arakel Minassian 

Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies MA Student
minassag@umich.edu

Interests: Contemporary Armenian literature in the Republic of Armenia and the diaspora; literary meeting spaces; translation studies

Languages: English (Fluent), Western Armenian (Fluent), Eastern Armenian (Intermediate), French (Intermediate), and Russian (Intermediate Low)

Education: BA with Honours, McMaster University

Mano Sakayan

Department of History PhD Student
msakayan@umich.edu

Interests: Intellectual history, cultural history, history of science and medicine, French colonial studies, Armenian history, late Ottoman history, the modern Arab world.

Languages: Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, French, Persian, and Turkish

Education: MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University