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Ara Sanjian, Associate Professor of History


Associate Professor of History; Director of Armenian Research Center


Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Armenian Research Center, 136 FCN (Fairlane Center North)
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126


Ara Sanjian is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the university's Armenian Research Center. He received his master’s degree in history from Yerevan State University (1991) and his Ph.D. from the University of London (1996). From 1996 to 2005 he taught at Haigazian University in Beirut and was the Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno in 2003. His research interests focus on the post-World War I history of Armenia, Turkey and the Arab states of Western Asia.

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Selected Publications

Turkey and Her Arab Neighbors, 1953-1958: A Study in the Origins and Failure of the Baghdad Pact (2001)

Celebrating the Legacy of Five Centuries of Armenian-language Book Printing, 1512-2012 (2012)

The Negotiation of ‘The Contract of the Century’ and the Political Background to the Revival of Azerbaijan’s Oil Industry (1997)

“Armenians in the Midst of Civil Wars: Lebanon and Syria Compared” [in Russian], in Diaspori (Moscow) 17:1-2 (2015), 55-88

“The ARF’s First 120 Years: A Brief Review of Available Sources and Historiography”, The Armenian Review 52:3-4 (2011), 1-16

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