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Anahid Aramouni Keshishian teaches Armenian Language and Literature courses as part of the Grigor Narekatsi Chair of the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC). Dr. Keshishian is a member of the Society for Armenian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Association, Arvest Art and Literary Association. From 1970 to 1977 she was a member of the Literary and Theatrical Divisions of the Etchmiadzin Cultural Center. Anahid Aramouni received her BA in Armenology from the University of La Verne in 1993. She received her MA in Philology from Yerevan State University in 1997 and in 1999 she received her Ph.D. in Philology, from the Institute of Literature of the Armenian Academy of Sciences. From 1980 to 1987 she served as the executive of the Art and Literature Division of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles. From 1986 to 1988 Aramouni was the executive editor of the 80s Literary Group. In 1999-2000 she has been honored by the UCLA Armenian Student Association for her dedication to teaching with the Person of the Year Award. Anahid A. Keshishian was the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at UCLA,

Anahid Keshishian Aramouni was born in Iran and repatriated to Armenia in 1970. From 1975 to 1979, Aramouni worked as a researcher at the Museum of Ararat Valley in Etchmiadzin and in 1977 she became a Certified Researcher of the Armenian Ethnographic Museum. From 1977 to 1979 she worked as a member of the excavation team for burial sites at St. Hripsime, Metzamor and Vagharshapat, for the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography. From 1984 to 1986 Anahid Aramouni worked as the assistant manager of the Armenian Observer. In 1986 she became the editor of the 80s Social Literary Magazine. From 1987 to 1988 she worked as a research associate at the Armenian History Archives of the Armenian Review, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1989 she became the Curriculum Developer of the Davitian-Marimian Educational Foundation. Anahid Keshishian also founded a literary theatrical company "Arena Production," which works ontranslations and performance of Armenian plays and poetry. Through the group's work Keshishian has edited and published a literary journal called Random Agenda. Anahid Keshishian has been teaching at UCLA since 1997.

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