Doris Melkonian, Ph.D. Candidate

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

Doris Melkonian is a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze Genocide survivor narratives, Doris examines topics such as boundaries, sexual violence, cultural maintenance, resistance, Islamized Armenians, and theological interpretations of the Armenian Genocide. She also conducts research at Armenian private schools in Southern California, examining the impact of the Armenian Genocide on Armenian students’ identity formation.

Doris has presented her research on the Armenian Genocide at many conferences, both national and international. She has participated in international conferences (hosted) in Turkey, Armenia, Israel, France, Australia, and the United States. She was featured in a CNN Turkey documentary on Islamized Armenians, and interviewed in Yerevan on the television show, “Good Morning, Armenia!”

Doris’s recent publications include an entry in The Armenian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide, titled “Armenian Genocide Survivor Testimonies: UCLA Collection,” and a chapter, “Taken into Muslim Households” in the Islamized Armenians Conference Volume published by the Hrant Dink Foundation. She has conducted archival research on survivor testimonies in Marseille, France; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles, California.