Dr. Asya Darbinyan

Executive Director

Dr. Asya Darbinyan is the Executive Director of Chhange, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Prior to joining Chhange, Dr. Darbinyan worked as a Visiting Professor at the Strassler Center, where she taught courses on Genocide and Women, the Armenian Genocide, the History of Armenia, and the History of Genocide.

Dr. Darbinyan’s research and teaching expertise stand at the intersection of Armenian history, the history of the Russian Empire, genocide, refugees, and humanitarian interventions, with a focus on the agency and actions of refugees in addressing their suffering and plight. She has presented her work at professional conferences around the world, and has published pieces in academic journals and edited volumes. Dr. Darbinyan is the recipient of multiple scholarships and grants: most recently, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative’s Vartan Gregorian Scholarship to revise and expand her dissertation into a book manuscript.

Dr. Darbinyan has also worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Martin-Springer Institute, Northern Arizona University (NAU), a Fellow in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, and the Deputy Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia.

Chhange educates, inspires, and empowers individuals to stand up to injustice.