Melissa Bilal is Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia. Receiving her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, she taught at Columbia University, Boğaziçi University, and the University of Chicago. Together with Lerna Ekmekcioglu, she co-edited A Cry for Justice: Five Armenian Feminist Writers from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (1862–1933) (in Turkish, 2006) and is now collaborating with her on Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology and Digital Archive, a book and digital humanities project focusing on the lives and works of twelve Ottoman-born Armenian activist women writers. Her most recent publications include the article “Lullabies and the Memory of Pain: Armenian Women’s Remembrance of the Past in Turkey” in Dialectical Anthropology (August 2018) and the CD project Voice Signatures: Recordings of Russian Armenian POWs in German Camps, 1916-1918 (Forthcoming 2019). With Ekmekcioglu, Bilal launched the Annual Feminist Armenian Studies Workshop and founded the Feminist Armenian Research Collective (FemArc) in 2017 while she was a visiting scholar of History at MIT.
Visiting Assistant Professor