Dzovinar Derderian

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Middle East and Late Modern Europe

Dr. Dzovinar Derderian is a social and cultural historian focusing on Armenians in the Middle East and the Caucasus. Her interest lies in peoples at the margins of empires, and their roles in imperial processes of modernization. She examines discursive and social practices of provincial Armenians to understand how they navigated their multi-ethnic and multi-religious milieus, and as such how they maintained and transformed orders of power in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. As part of an effort to understand and situate nineteenth-century Armenians in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious context, with Tolga Yaşar Cora and Ali Sipahi, she co-edited a book The Ottoman East in the Nineteenth Century: Societies, Identities and Politics published by I.B. Tauris in 2016. In this book she also has a chapter titled “Shaping Subjectivities and Contesting Power through the Image of Kurds, 1860s.”


PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,  2019

MA, Georgetown University, 2009  

BA, Tufts University, 2007 


Armenian history, Ottoman Empire, Russian Empire 


2326 Dwinelle Hall 


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