Kohar Avakian

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Graduate Student

Kohar Avakian is an Armenian, Black, and Nipmuc scholar from Worcester, MA. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017 with a B.A. with Honors in History, modified with Native American Studies, cum laude. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she completed a senior thesis on the history of legal whiteness in the U.S., using the case study of Armenian immigrants in Worcester––the first Armenian community in America. For her doctoral research, Kohar plans to continue studying racial formation in the Armenian diaspora within the broader contexts of settler colonialism, slavery, and Asian exclusion. Through historical photography and oral history research methods, Kohar strives to explore the palimpsestic histories of her Armenian, Black, and Native ancestors in order to illuminate the intersections of race, migration, and genocide in the United States at large. 

Racial Formation, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Legal Whiteness, Settler Colonialism, Genocide, Photography, Oral History, Armenian Studies