Who is Matthew Karanian?

Matthew Karanian

Meet Matthew Karanian

Matthew Karanian is a lawyer in Pasadena, and the author of several books about Armenia.

Karanian first traveled to the Republic of Armenia in 1995 and then to the historic lands of Western Armenia two years later. His latest book, “The Armenian Highland,” is the product of the author’s numerous research trips to Western Armenia since 1997.

Karanian lived in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan during the early days of Armenian independence and served as an advocate for Armenia’s non-governmental organizations. As a legal scholar, he later served as Associate Dean of the law school at the American University of Armenia, where he taught international law and founded the Armenian Law Review.

He is the 2016 recipient of the Arshile Gorky Medal from the Republic of Armenia in recognition of his contributions to the arts and for his role in helping to build bridges between Armenia and its worldwide Diaspora.

Karanian is also the author of “Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide,” “Historic Armenia After 100 Years,” and “Edge of Time: Traveling in Armenia and Karabagh.” He is the co-photographer, with Robert Kurkjian, of “Out of Stone: Armenia and Artsakh.”

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