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Bedross Der Matossian

Bedross Der Matossian

Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information:

637 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2417
Fax: (402) 472-8839
E-mail: email address

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Born and raised in Jerusalem, I am a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I began my graduate studies in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. I completed my Ph.D. in Middle East History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in 2008. My dissertation, entitled "Ethnic Politics in Post-Revolutionary Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Arabs, and Jews in the Second Constitutional Period (1908-1909)," dealt exclusively with inter-ethnic politics during the first year of the Second Constitutional Period (1908-1918). From 2008 to 2010, I was a Lecturer of Middle East History in the Faculty of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I taught a variety of courses pertaining to World History, Islam and the West, Political History of the Modern Middle East as well as the Arab-Israeli Conflict. My areas of interest include Ethnic Politics in the Middle East, inter-ethnic violence in the Ottoman Empire, Social and Economic History of the Middle East 19th and 20th century, and Modern Armenian History. I am proficient in Arabic, Armenian, Azeri, Hebrew, Ottoman, Turkish, Ladino, and French which enables me to conduct comparative and multidisciplinary research on different aspects of Middle East History. In addition to journal articles I have contributed several articles to edited volumes.


  • Middle East
  • Islam
  • World


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


Spring 2013
  • HIST 121 The World Since 1500
  • HIST 395/895 Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Fall 2012
  • HIST 121 The World Since 1500
  • HIST 395H Honors Seminar: Race, Nation, and Genocides in the Modern World

  • Book Chapters, Introductions, & Essays:

    Digital Projects:

    Der Matossian, Bedross. "Formation of Public Sphere(s) in the aftermath of the 1908 Revolution among Armenians, Arabs and Jews" in Francois Georgeon (ed.), L'Ivresse de la liberte: la revolution de 1908 dans l'Empire ottoman, Louvain, Peeters, 2012,pp.189-220.
    Der Matossian, Bedross. "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).
    Der Matossian, Bedross. "The Pontic Armenian Communities in the Nineteenth Century," in Richard G. Hovannisian, ed. Armenian Pontus: The Trebizond-Black Sea Communities (California: Mazda Publishers, 2008).
    Der Matossian, Bedross. "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).
    Der Matossian, Bedross. "Stanley E. Kerr Archives." Zoryan Institute, 2010.


    Der Matossian, Bedross. "From Bloodless Revolution to a Bloody Counter-revolution: The Adana Massacres of 1909" Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. (2011): Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 152-173.
    Der Matossian, Bedross. "The Taboo within the Taboo: The Fate of "Armenian Capital" at the End of the Ottoman Empire" European Journal of Turkish Studies. (2011):
    Der Matossian, Bedross. "The Armenians of Palestine 1918-1948" Journal of Palestinian Studies. (2011): Vol. 41, No. 1 (Autumn), pp. 24-44.
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