Dr. Kebranian (B.A., Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Fordham University, 1998 – 2002; DPhil, Oxford University, 2005 - 2010) specializes in late Ottoman social, political, and cultural history and literary studies. She completed her doctoral dissertation with the generous support of both the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Oxford University Clarendon Fellowship. Areas of interest include the late Ottoman Empire; the modern Middle East; philosophy of religion; religion and literature; diaspora narratives and culture; the ethics of representation; and critiques of community.

Current projects include a book monograph, tentatively entitled, Contested Convictions. The work presents conceptions and representations of late Ottoman (1878 – 1915) inter-communal coexistence through narratives of political imprisonment. Future book projects include a study of late Ottoman conversion narratives and a literary-philosophical presentation of “Diaspora” as an anti-communal ethic.

She teaches Text and Territory; Witness: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation; Hagop Oshagan: Prison to Prison; Asian Humanities: Middle East/India; Introduction to Western Armenian Literature; Early Armenian Literature: The 5th century; and Literature and Humanities.


“Imprisoned Communities: Punishing Politics in the Late Ottoman Empire” in Ottoman Armenians Vol. I: Life, Culture, Society (Houshamadyan, forthcoming 2013).

“Introduction,” Hagop Oshagan, Remnants I, Trans. G. M. Goshgarian (London: Taderon Press, forthcoming 2013)

“Poetry of Armenia.” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Eds. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman. (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012)

“Beyond ‘the Armenian’: Literature, Revolution, Ideology and Hagop Oshagan’s Haji Murat.” Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies 12:2 (2010): 117 – 146.


“Introducing Armenian Literature.”Transcript (April 2013). http://www.lit-across-frontiers.org/transcript/introducing-armenian-literature/

“Genocide Is Not a Fact: Review of Marc Nichanian’s La Perversion historiographique: une réflexion arménienne.” The Oxonian Review of Books 6 (Winter 2006): 10-13. http://www.oxonianreview.org/issues/6-1/6-1kebranian.htm


Krikor Beledian, Thresholds (in progress)

Krikor Beledian, “Deviation” in Deviation: An Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature, Eds. Violet Grigoryan and Vahan Ishkhanyan (Yerevan: Inknagir, 2008).