Bedross Der Matossian

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Hymen Rosenberg Associate Professor in Judaic Studies; Vice Chair History 402-472-2414 637 Oldfather Hall


Bedross Der Matossian is an Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he began his graduate studies in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Middle East History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Lecturer of Middle East History in the Faculty of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the Spring quarter 2014 he was appointed as the Dumanian Visiting Professor in the University of Chicago. His areas of interest include ethnic politics in the Middle East, inter-ethnic violence in the Ottoman Empire, Palestinian history, and the history of Armenian Genocide.

Currently he is the vice-chair of the Department of History and the Associate Director of Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska. He is also the President of the Society for Armenian Studies. He serves on the Board of Directors of multiple international educational institutions and on the editorial board of multiple journals, the most prominent of which is the flagship journal of the field: International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES).

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HIST 367 Modern Middle East History
HIST 395/895 Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 450 Capstone Seminar: Crimes Against Humanity
HIST 121 The World Since 1500
HIST 963 Graduate Seminar: Reading in Comparative World History: Settler Colonialism
HIST 395H Honors Seminar: Race, Nation, and Genocides in the Modern World
HIST 963 Reading and Problems in Non-Western History

  • Layman Grant (2015-2016)
  • Gulbenkian Post-Doctoral Short-Term Research Grant (2013)
  • Charles Henry Oldfather Research Grant from the Department of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2012-2013)
  • Columbia University Fellowship (Clara and Krikor Zohrab Fellowships) 2007-2008
  • Columbia University Fellowship (Clara and Krikor Zohrab Fellowships) 2006-2007
  • Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Summer Fellowship 2006
  • Middle East Institute Summer Fellowship 2006
  • Columbia University Dissertation Writing Fellowship (Clara and Krikor Zohrab Fellowships) 2005-2006
  • Middle East Institute Summer Fellowship, 2005
  • GSAS Summer Fellowship, 2005 (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The John W. Klug Endowment for a New Creation of Faculty Excellence)
  • GSAS Summer Fellowship, 2004
  • Gorvetzian Fellowship in Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Culture (2003-2004)
  • Middle East Lang Fellowship, Columbia University, 2002

The Massacres of Adana and Aleppo: Revolution and Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire (Under Contract with Stanford University Press, 2021).

Bedross Der Matossian (ed.), Innovative Approaches to the History of the First Republic of Armenia, 1918-1920 (Fresno, CA: The Press at Fresno State, Spring 2020) in progress.

Bedross Der Matossian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian (eds.), Western Armenian in the 21st Century: Challenges and New Approaches (Fresno, CA: The Press at Fresno State, 2019).

Bedross Der Matossian, Sulaiman Mourad, and Naomi Koltun-Fromm (eds.), Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018)

Hüsrana Uğrayan Devrim: Geç Dönem Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'nda Hürriyet ve Şiddet (Istanbul: İletişim Publications, 2016) (Turkish translation of Shattered Dreams of Revolution)

Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2014) – Winner of Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies from the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) in 2015 and Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) Outstanding Book Award in 2017

  • “The Armeno-Turkish (Hayatar T’rk’eren) Language in the 19th Century: Marking and Crossing Ethno-Religious Boundaries,” Intellectual History of the Islamicate World (2019): 1-34.
  • “The Armenians of Jerusalem in the Modern Period: The Rise and Decline of a Community,” in Bedross Der Matossian, Sulaiman Mourad, and Naomi Koltun-Fromm (eds.), Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018), pp. 396-407.
  • “Introduction” to the Hebrew translation of Henry Morgenthau’s Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story: A Personal Account of the Armenian Genocide (Haifa: Pardes Publishing, 2018), pp. 31-55.
  • “Explaining the Unexplainable: Recent trends in the Armenian Genocide Historiography,” in Journal of Levantine Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2 Winter 2015.
  • “19. Yüzyılda Osmanlı Ermeni Kenti Kesaria/Kayseri [The Ottoman Armenian City of Kayseri in the 19th Century],” in Altuğ Yılmaz, Ermeni ve Rum Kültür Varlıklarıyla Kayseri/Kayseri with its Armenian and Greek Cultural Heritage (İstanbul: Hrant Dink Vakfı Yayınları, 2016), pp.22-39.
  • “Jön Türk Devrimi’nin Ardından Gayrimüslimlerin İdaresi ve ‘Kudüs Meselesi’,” in Yuval Ben-Bassat and Eyal Ginio (eds.), Jön Türklerin Filistini (Istanbul: Koç University Press, 2016).
  • “Contending trends in the Armenian historiography of the Late Ottoman Empire: inclusion vs. exclusion,” in New Perspectives on Turkey / Volume 53 / November 2015, pp 174 – 180.
  • “Yüzüncü Yıl Arifesinde Ermeni Soykırımı’nın Tarihyazımı: Süreklilikten Olumsallığa,” [The Armenian Genocide Historiography on the Eve of the Centennial: From Continuity to Contingency] in Praksis, Volume 39, Fall 2015.
  • “Revolutionary Fallout: How the Young Turks went from Carnegie Hall to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire,” Stanford University Press Blog Series on Remembering the Armenian Genocide, May 20, 2015 (
  • “Ottoman Armenian Kesaria in the Nineteenth Century,” in Richard G. Hovannisian, ed. The Armenian Communities of Ceasarea (California: Mazda Publishers, 2014).
  • “Arman Filastin 1918-1948,” in Majallat al-Dirasat Al-Filastinniya, Vol. 23, Issue. 92, Autumn, 2012, pp. 79-99.
  • “The Development of Public Spheres among Armenians, Arabs, and Jews after the Young Turk Revolution of 1908,” in François Georgeon (dir.), L’Ivresse de la liberté : la révolution de 1908 dans l’Empire ottoman, Louvain, Peeters, 2012.
  • “A Review Article: The ‘Definitiveness’ of Genocide and A Question of Genocide,” Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies. (2011): Vol. 20:2.
  • “The Genocide Archives of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem,” in the Armenian Review, Vol. 52, No. 3-4, (Fall-Winter) 2011.
  • “The Taboo within the Taboo: The Fate of ‘Armenian Capital’ at the End of the Ottoman Empire,” European Journal of Turkish Studies [Online], Complete List, 2011, Online since 06 October 2011., 2011. URL:
  • “The Armenians of Palestine 1918-1948,” Journal of Palestine Studies Vol. XLI, No. 1 (Autumn 2011), 24-44.
  • “From Bloodless Revolution to a Bloody Counter-revolution: The Adana Massacres of 1909,” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2011, 152-173.
  • “Administrating the Non-Muslims and ‘The Question of Jerusalem’ after the Young Turk Revolution,” in Eyal Ginio and Yuval Ben-Bassat (eds.), Late Ottoman Palestine: The Period of Young Turk Rule (London: I. B. Tauris, 2011).
  • “The Young Turk Revolution: Its Impact on Religious Politics of Jerusalem (1908-1912),” Jerusalem Quarterly, Issue # 40, Spring 2010.
  • “Looming Dangers, Turkey and Armenia: Opening Minds, Opening Borders: A Perilous Blueprint,” in Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies 18:1, 2009.
  • “The Pontic Armenian Communities in the Nineteenth Century,” in Richard G. Hovannisian, ed. Armenian Pontus: The Trebizond-Black Sea Communities (California: Mazda Publishers, 2008).
  • “Venturing into the Minefield: Turkish Liberal Historiography and the Armenian Genocide,” in Richard G. Hovannisian, ed., The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2007).
  • “The Armenian Commercial Houses and Merchant Networks in the 19th Century Ottoman Empire,” in TURCICA, Issue # 39, Fall 2007.

Curator of Stanley E. Kerr Archives for the Zoryan Institute. Kerr was an American Relief Officer positioned in South Eastern Turkey (1919-1920). The project involved digitization and an in-depth analysis of the archival material by preparing a detailed catalogue of the collection. 

  • “When Software meets Parliamentary Debates: Envivo and the Ottoman Parliamentary debates of 1908-1909,” Sponsored by the Electronic Text Division of Butler Library, May 29, 2008, Columbia University. “Formation of Public Sphere(s) in the Aftermath of the 1908 Revolution among Armenians, Arabs and Jews” in La Révolution de 1908 Dans L’Empire Ottoman EHESS and Princeton University, Paris, 5-7 June, 2008.
  • “Ecclesiastical Politics and "The Question of Jerusalem" after the Young Turk Revolution: The case of Jews, Armenians, and Greeks,” in Hundred Years of the Young Turk Revolution and its Impact on Eretz Israel/Palestine, a conference in honor of Prof. Haim Gerber, Organized by the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Forum of Turkish Studies, Hebrew University, The Department of Middle East History, Haifa University, and Yad Itzkhak Ben Zvi Institute Jerusalem, 2-3 July, 2008.
  • “Continuity and Change in the Political Culture of the Old City of Jerusalem in the turn of the 20th century,” in Continuity and Change in the Culture and Society of Jerusalem/ Jerusalem Seminar Series organized by MIT’s Center for International Studies, September 15, 2008 4:30pm - 6:30pm, 37-212, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • “Armenians of Palestine under the British Mandate (1918-1948)” in MESA Panel entitled Armenians in the Arab World, November 17-20, 2007.
  • “From Verbal to Physical Violence: Ihsan Fikri’s Itidal and the Massacres of Adana in 1909,” in Armenian Studies at a Threshold; Society for Armenian Studies 35th Anniversary Conference that will be held on March 26-28, 2009 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.
  • “Revisiting the Massacres of Adana of 1909: Revolution, Power, and Violence,” in The Adana Massacres of 1909: Legacy and Perspectives, on Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA.
  • “Theory, Methodology, and Technology in reconstructing modern Armenian History,” In Integrating Armenian Studies into Middle Eastern Studies, a Roundtable Discussion organized by Prof. Elyse Semerdjian, at MESA, Coopley Center, Boston, MA, Nov. 22, 2009.
  • “From Bloodless Revolution to a Bloody Counter-Revolution: The Adana Massacres of 1909” a lecture organized by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) Thursday October 15, 2009, at the Graduate Center CUNY.
  • “The Armenian Genocide through the Prism of the Adana Massacres,” a Lecture organized by The Zoryan Institute, Toronto French School, Friday, January 29, 2010.
  • “Armenian Archives and the Armenian Genocide: The Case of the Armenian Genocide Archives of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem,” paper presented in The State of the Art of Armenian Genocide Research: Historiography, Sources, and Future Directions, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, 8-10 April 2010.
  • “The Taboo within the Taboo: The Fate of the ‘Armenian Capital’ in the End of the Ottoman Empire,” a lecture organized by the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State University on April 16, 2010, at the University Business Center.
  • “The Armenian Genocide and the Archives of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem” in Lessons and Legacies XI, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida November 4-7, 2010.
  • “Economic Policies of Genocide: The Ramifications of the Armenian Genocide,” in a Panel entitled The Armnian Genocide in Third International Conference on Genocide: Negationism, Revisionism, Survivors’ Testimonies, Eyewitness Accounts, Justice and Memory On November 2-4, 2011 at California State University, Sacramento.
  • “The Armenian Community of Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future,” Organized by the Armenian Relief Society Youth Connect Program. March 17, 2012, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, Illinois.
  • “The Impact of the Arab Spring on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” paper presented at a workshop at University of Nebraska/Omaha (UNO) organized by Prof. Moshe Gershovich entitled The Arab Spring One Year Later: Assessments and Projections Sunday, April 15, 2012, CPACS Building (Room 101), University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Discussant on a Book Panel on Uğur Ümit Üngör’s The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford, 2011) with Profs. Ron Suny, Howard Eissenstat, and Uğur Ümit Üngör. The Association for the Study of Nationalities/ 2012 World Convention to take place at the International Affairs Building, Columbia University in New York, April 21st Session XVII.
  • Discussant of “Race and Space: The Armenian Genocide in the Context of Population and Territory, by Prof. Uğur Ümit Üngör, Department of History of Utrecht University and the Institute for War and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 27, 2012.
  • “Modernity and Genocide: The Armenian, Rwandan, and the Darfuran Cases,” a talk to delivered at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Nov. 7, 2012. The talk was organized by the Armenian Studies Program at the University.
  • Disscussant of “Ottoman Inter-Confessional Dialectics in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” a Panel organized by Scott Ryan in Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 18, 2012.
  • “Jerusalem in a Critical Period: Challenges Facing the New Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem ,” in Armenian Jerusalem: Past and Present a symposium organized by the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, in cooperation with Save the ArQ, was held on February 8, 2013.
  • “Revisiting the debate about the Concentration Camps during the Armenian Genocide” in Forgotten Genocides: New Perspectives on a Less Known History. A conference organized by the Harris Center for Judaic Studies at UNL. April 10, 2013. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • "The Christian Minority in Israel-Palestine and the Arab Spring" in Minorities, Media, and Democratization in the Contemporary Middle East. Middle East Project Fund @ UNO, Second Annual Scholarly Workshop, April 13-14, 2013, UNO.
  • “Between Religious and Secular: The Impact of the Revolution on Religious Politics in the Ottoman Empire,” in Panel organized by Ceyda Karamursel titled “What's in a Revolution?: Ideology, Practice and Social Change in the Second Constitutional Era,” in Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in October 10-13, Sheraton New Orleans, Louisiana.

PhD., Columbia University
M.A., M.Phil, Columbia University
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Middle East, Islam, World