Dr. Kebranian (B.A., Fordham University, 2002; DPhil, Oxford University, 2010) specializes in Armenian literature and culture from the 19th century to the present focusing primarily on the intersection of politics and literature. She completed her doctoral research with the generous support of both the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Oxford University Clarendon Fellowship. Areas of interest include imperialism, nationalism and revolution; ethics and aesthetics of testimony; theories of subjection and subjectivity; poetics and politics of diaspora; psychoanalytic theory and narratives of trauma; genocide and human rights; and late Ottoman intellectual history and print culture.
She is currently completing a book entitled Man of Prison: Denial and
the Novel of Empire. Grounded in Foucaultian genealogical research
and building upon theories of ideology and subjectivation (Freud,
Lacan, Althusser, Foucault, Butler, Zizek and Badiou), it explores the
latent effects of denial as ideology in the historical fashioning of
post-Ottoman ethno-national identity.
She has published in the Oxonian Review of Books, the Journal of the Society of Armenian Studies and the Princeton University Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (forthcoming 2012). Future research and publication projects already underway also include the intersections of Ottoman censorship, Armenian print culture, and ethno-national self-fashioning; and late 20th and early 21st century poetics and politics of the Armenian diaspora. In addition to her scholarly research, she translates Armenian poetry and fiction (Deviation: Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature: Yerevan, 2008) and is editing an anthology of late 19th and early 20th century Armenian fiction representing Armeno-Turkish relations.
She teaches Literature and Humanities; Asian Humanities: Middle East/India; Introduction to Western Armenian Literature; Hagop Oshagan: Prison to Prison; Early Armenian Literature: The 5th century; and Witness: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation.