Dr. Sergio La Porta - Curriculum Vitae

Last updated October 2010

I. Higher Education

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts May 2001, Ph.D. with honors, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations June 1999, MA, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Columbia University, New York, New York May 1994, BA, Magna cum Laude, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures

II. Academic Appointments

California State University, Fresno 2009-present, Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2003-2009, Lecturer in Armenian and Religious Studies (Awarded tenure, 2009)

2001-2003,Visiting Lecturer in Armenian Studies

III. Service in Other Academic and Research Institutions

1994-present, Member of Phi Beta Kappa

2004-2009, Member of the Young Scholars Forum of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

IV. Conferences and Symposia Organized

After the Apocalypse: The Nachleben of Apocalyptic Literature in the Armenian Tradition. International conference sponsored by the Center for Literary Studies held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 4-6 June, 2007. Papers will be published in the Hebrew University Armenian Studies Series by Peeters

Auto-Gnosis: the Theology of Self-Knowledge. International workshop organized with Prof. D. Shulman held at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem, 5-7, January, 2005

Translating Culture. Symposium held at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 23, 2004

The Poetics of Grammar and the Metaphysics of Sound and Sign. International workshop organized with Prof. D. Shulman held at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem, 17-18 December, 2003. Papers were published by Brill, 2007

V. Other Activity

2010-present, member of curriculum committee, College of Arts and Humanities, CSU Fresno

2009-present, Curriculum coordinator, Armenian Studies Program, CSU Fresno

2009-present, Grants Development Chair, Untenured Faculty Organization, CSU Fresno

2009-present, member of editorial board Michigan Armenian Studies Publication Series

2009-present, member of editorial board St. Nersess Theological Review

2009-present, expert reader on Armenian for Brill Publishing

2007, expert reader for Armenia, published in the Cultures of the World series of Marshall Cavendish publishers

2006-2007, M.A. advisor in Religious Studies at the Rothberg School for International Students of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2006, reviewed and supported G. Muradyan s Physiologus for publication within the Hebrew University Armenian Texts and Studies series

2004, Summer Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.

2004, external reader of the examining committee for the defense of the doctoral dissertation of Zara Pogossian of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

VI. MEMBERSHIP IN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

Member, Association Internationale des tudes Arm niennes, Current

Member, National Association of Armenian Studies and Research, Current

Member, Society for Armenian Studies, Current

Member, Middle East Studies Association, Current

VII. Awards and RESEARCH GRANTS

2005-8 Grant to pursue research on Armenia in the Period of the Zakarids, Israel Science Foundation

2006 Grant to pursue research on Armenia in the Period of the Zakarids, Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

2003-6 Grant to pursue research on The Armenian Commentaries on Dionysius the Areopagite, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-4 Golda Meier Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

VIII. Courses Taught Within Armenian Studies And Related Fields

Armenian History (Ethnogenesis-Mongol Invasions)
Modern Armenian History (From 15th c.- 3rd Republic)
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Armenian Language (Classical and Modern)


Armenian Literature (Classical, Medieval and Modern)
Introduction to Armenian Studies
Methodology and Research tools for Armenian Studies
Armenian Christianity
Eschatological Literature in the Armenian Tradition

IX. Languages

Armenian (Classical and Modern), French, Italian, German, Hebrew (Modern), Latin, Greek, Syriac. Familiarity with Middle and Modern Persian, Arabic, Georgian, Russian, Sanskrit