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Matthew Ari Jendian, Professor, Chair

Office Location: Social Sciences Building Room 226B
Office Phone: 559-278-2891

Class Schedule Spring 2019

Class Time Days Location
SOC 111 9:30-10:45am T Th FFS316
SOC 111 11-12:15pm T Th FFS316
SOC 185    ARR GC
SOC 185    ARR GC
SOC 190    ARR GC

Office Hours: TTH: 1:30pm-2:30pm, Wed: 4pm-5pm & by appointment

Personal Biography

Matthew Ari Jendian was born and raised in Fresno and received his B.A. in sociology and minor degrees in psychology and Armenian Studies from Fresno State (1991) and his Ph.D. from USC (2001). Dr. Jendian is founding director of the Humanics Program in Community Benefit Administration at Fresno State and serves as a tenured Full Professor and Chair of sociology.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Jendian regularly teaches courses on the "Sociology of Race & Ethnicity," "Contemporary Social Issues," "Sociology of Terrorism & Genocide," and "Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Community Organizing."  In August 2012, Dr. Jendian was promoted to Full Professor, and he continues to direct the Humanics Program and serve as faculty advisor for the Humanics AFP Collegiate Chapter. 

Dr. Jendian has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles as well as two books: Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2008) and #Think: Critical Thinking about Social Problems (Kendall Hunt, 2017).  

Dr. Jendian is the recipient of several honors, including the 2012 President’s Award of Excellence presented by the University Advisory Board at Fresno State in recognition of his integrity, leadership and commitment to the university and community, the 2008 “Provost’s Award for Faculty Service,” the 2016 “Together We Win Award” in recognition of his role in civic engagement, the 2014 “Trailblazer for Prosperity” Award from Southeast Fresno Community & Economic Development Association, the 2007 Social Action Award from Temple Beth Israel, and the 2007 “Amigo Award” presented by Vida en El Valle to “a non-Latino individual or organization that has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Latino community.”  He was honored in Menk, an encyclopedia of biographies of prominent Armenian scholars.  He was nominated for the 2009 California Campus Compact Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships, was selected as part of the first cohort of the Irvine Foundation’s New Leadership Network, and has written and received national and federal grants to develop curricula that engage university students in capacity-building work with Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) in Central California. 

Dr. Jendian has served as a board member for several CBOs, including Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.), Buchanan Babe Ruth Baseball Association, Inc., Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council, Fresno Housing Alliance, Regenerate California Innovation (formerly Relational Culture Institute), and Fresno Metro Ministry and as an external evaluator with local and multinational CBOs, including Porterville College and Armenian General Benevolent Union.