Elyse Semerdjian

email: semerdve@whitman.edu
personal web page: http://elysesemerdjian.wordpress.com/


PhD (History) Georgetown University, 2003
MA (Middle Eastern Studies) University of Michigan, 1994
BA (Political Philosophy) Albion College, 1992

Academic Biography

Elyse Semerdjian is Associate Professor of Islamic World/Middle Eastern history at Whitman College.  A specialist in early modern Ottoman history and Syria, she authored  “Off the Straight Path”:  Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo (Syracuse University Press, 2008) as well as several articles on gender, non-Muslims, and law in the Ottoman Empire.  She received her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University.  Her dissertation earned both distinction  from Georgetown University and the Syrian Studies Association Best Dissertation Prize in 2003.  She is a two-time Fulbright awardee and is currently writing on the collective memory of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey and Syria.  Semerdjian  continues to research  the social history of the Armenians of Saliba Judayda, the Christian quarter of Aleppo, focusing on the formative seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  In the Spring of 2013 she was the Dumanian Visiting Professor in The Department of Near Eastern Cultures and Languages at the University of Chicago.  She is also an occasional contributor to the Armenian Weekly.

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