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Houri Berberian, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Director of Middle Eastern Studies Program
History Graduate Program Advisor

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840 | Office: FO2-215

Research Interests

Prof. Berberian’s research interests lie in Iran, specifically the Iranian Constitutional Revolution and Armenians in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which is the topic of her first book. Her interests also include Iranian-Armenian women’s activism and issues of Iranian-Armenian identity and memory. Her current project is a connected histories approach to the early twentieth-century revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman empires explored through the circulation of Armenian revolutionaries and ideas. The trajectory that her scholarship has taken is due in large part to her continued interest in and her commitment to exploring the connectedness of peoples to the wider world in which they lived and even thrived.


B.A. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Selected Publications


Armenians and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911: “The Love for Freedom Has No Fatherland.” (Boulder: Westview Press, 2001).


“Connected Revolutions: Armenians and the Russian, Ottoman, and Iranian Revolutions in the Early Twentieth Century,” in “L’ivresse de la liberté”: La révolution de 1908 dans l’Empire ottoman, edited by François Georgeon (Leuvain, Belgium: Peeters, 2012), 487-510.

Armenian Women in the late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Persia,” Encyclopaedia Iranica,  available online:

“History, Memory, and Iranian-Armenian Memoirs of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution,” in Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies 17, 3 (Fall 2008): 261-92.

“Traversing Boundaries and Selves: Iranian Armenian Identities during the Iranian Constitutional Revolution,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and Middle East 25, 2 (Summer 2005), 279-96.

“Armenian Women and Women in Armenian Religion,” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Vol. II, eds. Suad Joseph and Afsaneh Najmabadi (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004).

Armenian Women in Turn-of-the-Century Iran: Education and Activism,” in Iran and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie, edited by Beth Baron and Rudi Matthee (Costa Mesa: Mazda, 2000). [Recipient of Association of Middle East Women’s Studies Prize for Excellence in a Published Article, November 2000.]

“The Dashnaktsutiun and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1905-1911,” Iranian Studies, 29, 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1996): 1-28.

Honors and Awards

Keddie-Balzan Fellowship, UCLA, 2007-2008


World, Origins to 1500


History of Food

Middle Eastern Women

HISTORY 431/531:
Middle East (Southwest Asia), 600-1700

HISTORY 432/532:
Middle East (Southwest Asia), 1700 -Present

Senior Seminar

Literature of Middle Eastern History