Matthew Ari Jendian, Professor, Chair

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

Class Schedule Fall 2016

Class Time Days Location
SOC 130WS 10-11:50 am MW FFS 211
SOC 144 4-6:50 pm Th FFS 211

Office Hours:  MW 1-2 pm; T  2-3pm.

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.  He and his wife, Pamela, reside in Clovis with their two sons, Joshua and Nicholas.

Areas of Specialty

He teaches courses in race/ethnicity, terrorism and genocide, social issues, and 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 Student Association. 

He authored Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2008) and was honored in Menk, an encyclopedia of biographies of prominent Armenian scholars. 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 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 nominated for the 2009 California Campus Compact Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships 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, and Relational Culture Institute and as an external evaluator with local and multinational CBOs, including Porterville College and Armenian General Benevolent Union.