• Arpi Movsesian
  • Arpi Movsesian
  • Lecturer
  • Degree: Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara M.A. California State University, Northridge B.A. California State University, Northridge
  • Campus Address:

    15 Seminary Place, Room #4126
    College Avenue Campus
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

  • Office Hours:

    Mondays, 12:15pm - 1:15pm

    and by appointment





Research Interests:

19th century Russian literature, culture, religion and philosophy; Dostoevsky; Shakespeare; performance studies (Russian/English); clowning; pantomime; Armenian literature (premodern to present day); postcolonial studies; geopolitics in the South Caucasus



2022 - Institute of Armenian Studies Research Grant, University of Southern California

2019 - Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Dissertation Research Grant

2019 - The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research


Selected Publications:


Bloodied Ballads, Living Empires: Transculturality in Armenian Lyrical Verse (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield), under contract.

Love and Its Critics: From the Song of Songs to Shakespeare and Milton’s Eden (Open Book Publishers, 2017), co-authored with Michael Bryson.

Journal Articles:

“Soviet (In)finite Jest: Leonid Yengibarov’s Pantomime and State Erasure,” Law, Culture, and the Humanities (Special issue: Humor and the Law: Laughter as Critique, forthcoming in September 2022).

“The Poetics of Schism: Dostoevsky Translates Hamlet,” Humanities 9:3 (September 2020): 116–121.

“Re-membering Armenian Literature in the Soviet Borderlands,” Territories: A Trans-Cultural Journal of Regional Studies 2:1 (May 2020): 78–99.  

Chapter in Edited Volume:

“Elenchus from Other Shores: Alexander Herzen’s Dialogue in Absentia,” Socrates in Russia, ed. A. DeBlasio and V. Juharyan (Brill, Contemporary Russian Philosophy, forthcoming in October 20, 2022).


Courses Taught:

Elementary Russian I, 01:860:101

Special Topics: Narratives of Bondage, Narratives of Freedom, 01:860:320

Love & Death in the Russian Short Story, 01:860:322