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Name: Papazian, Dennis

Historical Note:

Dr. Dennis R. Papazian, the founding Director of the Armenian Research Center, is a man of many accomplishments. His academic curriculum vitae is over forty-four pages long.

He had been a full Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 1971 to 2006. While directing the Armenian Research Center and engaging in academic research, as well as being active in community activities, he also teaches courses in Russian and Armenian history. Dr. Papazian served four years as chairman of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, four years as chairman of the Department of Social Sciences, and four years as the head of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters. He took a leave of absence from the University after heading the liberal arts college and served four years as Executive Director (as well as co-chairman of the Board of Directors) of the Armenian Assembly of America in Washington, D.C. On returning to the University, he served five years as the Director of Graduate Studies before founding the Armenian Research Center and becoming its director.

He is very visible in the print and the radio telecommunications media, with hundreds of interviews on radio and television and a dozen OpEd columns in newspapers. He also frequently speaks to academic and community groups and writes on Russian and CIS issues as Professor of History, and on Armenian issues as Director of the Research Center. He is listed in Who's Who in America.

Dr. Papazian is also active in Washington, D.C. He was invited to the White House twice the summer of 1992, for example, with a group of Armenian-American leaders to meet with members of the National Security Council, notably with General Brent Scowcroft, personal advisor to President George Bush, and Nick Burns, who was in charge of the affairs of the former Soviet Union. He has also participated, during the 1992-93 academic year, in a number of round-table discussions at the prestigious Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. The guest expert at the first meeting was Mr. Jack Kolt, the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia of the National Intelligence Council. Other equally prestigious speakers have made presentations. The Director also participated in the spring of 1993 in a day-long meeting with various officials from Azerbaijan and a "deep background" meeting with very high officials at the Department of State. Dr. Papazian also met with President Clinton and Dr. Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor to the President, in the summer of 1994.

Dr. Papazian is also active in Armenian community and Armenian church affairs in general. He served eight years as Chairman of the Diocesan Assembly of the American Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern). He has served eight years as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the St. Nersess Armenian Theological Seminary. He has served for three years as the president of the Society for Armenian Studies and four years as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies. He served for more than twenty years as member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). He served for eight years as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alex Manoogian Cultural Fund of the AGBU, and is a member of many more Armenian organizations in America. He is a frequent and much sought after speaker at Armenian functions and rallies.

He is currently active in the Knights of Vartan, a North American Armenian fraternal society with lodges all over the United States and Canada. He is the past Commander of the Nareg Lodge, Detroit, and past Mid-West District Representative of the Grand Council. He involves the more than 2,300 members of the Knights of Vartan in fundraising and in anti-defamation efforts in defense of Armenians and Armenian issues. He is also actively involved in the American political process. He has contacts with most Michigan congressmen and senators. He is also well-known to many non-Michigan congressmen and senators in Washington, D.C.


Sept 23, 1994

(minor updates, Sept 19, 2006)

Armenian Research Center website.


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