Faculty Bios

Sylvia Alajaji:

Sylvia Alajaji is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Franklin & Marshall College, where she also teaches in the International Studies program. She is the author of Music and the Armenian Diaspora: Searching for Home in Exile. Her work centers on the relationship between music and exilic identity, focusing primarily on Armenian diasporic and Palestinian refugee communities. Her research is based on extensive fieldwork conducted throughout the Middle East and United States. She received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. 

Marie-Aude Baronian:

Marie-Aude Baronian is Associate Professor in Visual Culture at the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam. She has extensively lectured and published on media, testimony and memory, ethics and aesthetics, film-philosophy, fashion, French thought, and Armenian diasporic audiovisual practices. She has written many articles on various filmmakers, artists, philosophers, and designers. Her work and research interests are rather interdisciplinary and include, next to film studies and philosophy, a wide range of other disciplines such as memory studies, fashion studies, material culture, and Armenian studies. Her most recent monographs include Mémoire et Image: Regards sur la Catastrophe arménienne (L’Age d’Homme, 2013. English translation in preparation) and Screening Memory: The Prosthetic Images of Atom Egoyan (Editions Académie Royale Belgique, 2017). Currently she works on textile, clothing and fashion in filmic practices and in cultural theory, which will also be the topic of her next book project. She is a member of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and a regular guest fellow and professor at the University of Michigan and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. 

David Zakarian:

David Zakarian is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is currently working on the research project entitled "Writing History from Below: Christian-Muslim Interactions in Armenian Colophons during the Long Fifteenth Century (1375-1501)". The aim of this project is to prepare for publication the English translation of hitherto untranslated Armenian colophons and to study the life of various Armenian communities under the Muslim rule as presented by medieval Armenian scribes. Dr. Zakarian holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010), a Master of Studies degree in Classical Armenian Studies (2011) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (2015), both from the University of Oxford. He has recently finished working on a book entitled Women, Too, Were Blessed: The Portrayal of Women in Early Christian Armenian Texts, which is currently reviewed by the editors of the series Armenian Texts and Studies, published by Brill. Since 2013 Dr. Zakarian has published several articles and book chapters that explore the representation of women in early Christian Armenian texts and examine various aspects of colophon writing in the Armenian tradition. 

Christina Maranci:

Christina Maranci is the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian art and architectural history at Tufts University and Chair of the Department. She has held visiting positions in Armenian art at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of three books and over eighty articles and essays on medieval Armenian art and architecture; including most recently An Introduction to Armenian Art (Oxford UP, 2018). Her previous monograph, Vigilant Powers (Brepols 2015), on the seventh-century architecture of Armenia won both the Sona Aronian Prize for best Armenian Studies Monograph from the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and also the Karen Gould Prize for Art History from the Medieval Academy of America. Maranci has worked on issues of cultural heritage for over a decade, with a focus on the at-risk Armenian churches and monasteries in what is now Eastern Turkey. Her campaign for the Cathedral of Mren, near Ani, resulted in its inclusion on the World Monuments Watch List for 2015-17. Along with Brandie Ratliff, she runs East of Byzantium, an initiative which promotes the study of the cultures east and south of the Byzantine empire through graduate student workshops and lectures.