Taner Akçam

Professor of History; Robert Aram, Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Since 2008, Taner Akçam lectures at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he holds the chair of Armenian Genocide Studies. He was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide. Born in the province of Ardahan, Akçam graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and emigrated to Germany, where he worked as a research scientist in the sociology department at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hannover with a dissertation entitled Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide: On the Background of the Military Tribunals in Istanbul between 1919 and 1922. He moved to the United States in 2000 and served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan for a year and as a Visiting Associate Professor of Historyat the University of Minnesota from 2002-2008. Read more

Taner Akçam has published widely on the topic of genocide. Among his books are:

  • Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press, 2012)
  • Essays on 1915 (İletişim Publishing House, 2010 – in Turkish)
  • A Shameful Act: Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility. (Metropolitan Books, 2006)

Contributions (Book and Lecture Series)
Boston, 22 October 2014
The Anatomy of Religious Cleansing: Non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire (1914-1918)

Zurich, 6 June 2012
The Young Turks’ Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire