Arda Melkonian, Ph.D. Candidate

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Fuller Theological Seminary

Arda Melkonian is a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles and Fuller Theological Seminary. Arda’s research focuses on the Armenian Genocide, applying a gender lens to highlight the experiences of women. She also examines Armenian clergy responses to the Genocide. Lastly, Arda conducts research in Armenian private schools in the diaspora, examining cross-generational transmission of Genocide trauma. Arda has presented and published her research on gender-based survival options, resourcefulness of Armenian women, and types of intervention during the Armenian Genocide, at scholarly conferences in Armenia, France, Israel, Turkey, Australia, and the United States. Arda has conducted archival research on survivor documents in Marseille, France; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles, California. She was interviewed for a CNN-Türk documentary on Islamized Armenians, and featured on the Yerevan-based television show, “Good Morning, Armenia!” Her recent publications include an entry in The Armenian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide, titled “Armenian Genocide Survivor Testimonies: UCLA Collection,” as well as a chapter, “Gender and Survival Options” in the Islamized Armenians Conference Volume published by the Hrant Dink Foundation.