Dickran KouymjianMonday, November 1, 2021
Dickran Kouymjian (born 6 June 1934) is an American writer, publisher, editor, historian and professor.
Kouymjian was born to Armenian parents in Romania on June 6, 1934. At the time of his birth, his parents already had U.S. citizenship. Kouymjian went on to study European cultural history from the University of Wisconsin. He attained his master's degree in Arabic studies at the American University of Beirut. He gained his P.H.D. in Armenian Studies from Columbia University in 1969 becoming the first person to ever do so. In 1977 he was invited to Fresno to establish an Armenian Studies program at the Cal State University of Fresno. While at CSUF, Kouymjian founded the Hay Sharzhoom, an Armenian student newspaper which continues to function till this day.
Dr. Kouymjian is the Haig and Isbael Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies at the California State University, Fresno. He has taught at many universities including Columbia, the American University in Cairo, Haigazian University in Beirut, the Sorbonne in Paris, and served as the William Saroyan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. In 1987 he was a senior lecturer of foreign languages and literature at the Yerevan State University in Armenia. He has also served as a consultant to UNESCO.
He has published more than a three hundred articles and several books.
He is married to Angèle Kapoïan who is also a scholar and teacher.
He announced his retirement in 2008 after 31 years of service to California State University, Fresno.