About

Mission

As the scholarly publishing arm of the American University of Armenia, AUA Press is not only the independent publisher of peer-reviewed books and journals but also a partner for university faculty and staff, centers and departments, driven to disseminate the results of their research and otherwise advance learning, critical thought, originality, and diversity. In addition to scholarly works, the Press may consider publishing materials that respond to specific needs of Armenia, e.g., educational books, translation of seminal works from other languages. In providing publishing services, the Press operates mostly on a cost-recovery basis.

All manuscripts chosen for consideration by the Press are rigorously peer-reviewed and brought before its editorial board for approval. Due to its links to the diaspora and vision to disseminate scholarship to both local and international academic communities as well as readers in general, the Press accepts works in English and in Eastern and Western Armenian. A wide range of fields will be considered based on their interdisciplinary impact.

Executive Editorial Board

The Executive Editorial Board of AUA Press consists of AUA faculty members. The Director of the Press is a full-time faculty member and serves as the Chair of the Executive Editorial Board. The members of the Executive Editorial Board are appointed by the Director of the Press for a four-year term and may be reappointed for a second term. The Executive Editorial Board meets once every two months or more frequently, if needed. The Board reviews and makes decisions on publishing proposals, provides guidance and support on acquisitions, and fosters the exchange of ideas about new developments in publishing in Armenia.

Executive Board Members

Hourig Attarian is an Associate Professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She holds a PhD in Education from McGill University. She is also a Core Member of the internationally renowned Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University in Canada, an interdisciplinary hub that brings together academic researchers with community activists, artists, educators and practitioners in various social sciences and humanities fields. Visual arts-based methodologies are a core facet of her research endeavors. Anchored in the blurred genre of life history and autobiographical inquiry, her work focuses on storying memory and identity through visual and narrative explorations. Her research-creation projects merge creative writing, photo collages, installations and performance, drawing together difficult memories and marginalized histories of violence within a framework of public pedagogy. Her work has been translated into Armenian, French, Russian, and Turkish.

Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously she held research and managerial positions at Caucasus Research Resources Centers – Armenia and the Eurasia Partnership Foundation – Armenia. She received her PhD in Political Science from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany in 2009. Her academic interests are in the sphere of civil society, volunteering, democratization of post-communist countries, and corruption. She is an author of several academic peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Her monograph on the Armenian civil society is forthcoming. Dr. Paturyan is a member of the International Society for Third Sector Research and the International Political Science Association.

Arto Vaun is the Director of the Center for Creative Writing and the Chair of the English & Communications BA Program. He is the founding editor of Locomotive, the first journal of international writing published and exported from the Caucasus (through AUA). He also serves on the editorial board of EVN Report, was the poetry editor for Glimpse Journal, and a former editor of The Armenian Weekly. His poetry and essays have appeared in places like Al Jazeera, the BBC, Barrow Street, and Meridian. Dr. Vaun’s book-length poem, Capillarity, was published by Carcanet Press in the UK, and his poetry has appeared in various anthologies.

Advisory Editorial Board

The Advisory Editorial Board of AUA Press is composed of distinguished academics, scholars and specialists from institutions worldwide, noted for their expertise. Individuals are invited to join the Board by the Director of the Press and may serve for an unspecified period of time (as long as they wish). The Director of AUA Press may reach out to the members of the Advisory Editorial Board for consultation and support.

Advisory Board Members

Levon Abrahamian is a Leading Researcher and the head of the Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia. He has taught different courses of anthropology at Yerevan State University, University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of California, Berkeley (William Saroyan Professor of Armenian Studies, 1997, and Varnum Paul Visiting Professor of Anthropology, 2015). He is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and the author of over a hundred and fifty articles on various aspects of sociocultural anthropology, comparative mythology, and art criticism and four books, including Armenian Identity in a Changing World (Mazda, 2006).

Micheline Aharonian Marcom is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. She has published five novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation. Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a New York Times Notable Book and Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Her second novel, The Daydreaming Boy, won the PEN/USA Award for Fiction. Her novels have been translated into Hebrew, German, French, Spanish, and Dutch.

Susan Barba is a poet and a senior editor with New York Review Books. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University; her dissertation, Poets of the Crossroads, focused on the work of Yeghishe Charents, Osip Mandelstam, and W.H. Auden. She is the author of the poetry collection Fair Sun (2017), which was awarded the Anahid Literary Prize from Columbia University and the Minas & Kohar Tölölyan Prize. Her poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The Harvard Review, The Yale Review, Raritan, and elsewhere, and her translations from Armenian have appeared in Words Without Borders and Ararat. Her poetry has been translated into Armenian, German, and Rumanian, and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her next book of poetry, geode, is forthcoming from David R. Godine, Publisher, in 2020.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous books, including Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (1987), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997), Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Undoing Gender (2004), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak in 2008), Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009), Dispossession: The Performative in the Political  (co-authored with Athena Athanasiou 2013), Senses of the Subject and Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015). Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

She served as Founding Director of the Critical Theory Program at UC Berkeley, served as Department Chair of the Department of Rhetoric in 1998-2003 and 2006-7, and the Acting Chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, 2002-3. She also served as the Chair of the Board of the University of California Humanities Research Center in Irvine.  She has served on the Executive Council of the Modern Languages Association and chaired its committee on Academic Freedom. She is presently the Principal Investigator of a four-year grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop an International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs.

David Kazanjian is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. His area of specialization is transnational American literary and historical studies through the nineteenth century. His additional fields of research are political philosophy, continental philosophy, Latin American studies (especially seventeenth through nineteenth-century Mexico), colonial discourse studies, and Armenian diaspora studies. He is the author of The Colonizing Trick: National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Early America (Minnesota, 2003) and The Brink of Freedom: Improvising Life in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (Duke, 2016). He has co-edited (with David L. Eng) Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2002), as well as (with Shay Brawn, Bonnie Dow, Lisa Maria Hogeland, Mary Klages, Deb Meem, and Rhonda Pettit) The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: Seventeenth through Nineteenth Centuries (Aunt Lute Books, 2004). He has also published widely on the cultural politics of the North American-Armenian diaspora, and co-edits—with Priscilla Wald (Duke) and Elizabeth McHenry (NYU)—a book series on America and the Long 19th Century for NYU Press. He is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Social Text and of the organizing collective of the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History of the Americas, which he co-directed from 2017-19.

Lawrence Venuti is a Professor of English at Temple University. He is a translation theorist and historian as well as a translator from Italian, French, and Catalan. He is the author of The Translator’s Invisibility (2nd ed., 2008), The Scandals of Translation (1998), and Translation Changes Everything (2013). He is also the editor of The Translation Studies Reader (3rd ed., 2012) and Teaching Translation: Programs, Courses, Pedagogies (2017). He is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of several journals, including Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, The Translator: Studies in Intercultural Communication, and Translation Studies. He has edited special journal issues devoted to such topics as translation and minority (The Translator in 1998) and poetry and translation (Translation Studies in 2011). His translations include the anthology Italy: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (2003), Massimo Carlotto’s crime novel Death’s Dark Abyss (2006), J. Rodolfo Wilcock’s The Temple of Iconoclasts (2014), and I.U. Tarchetti’s Fantastic Tales (2019). His version of Ernest Farrés’s Edward Hopper: Poems (2009) won the Robert Fagles Translation Prize.