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Board of Advisors

Hannibal Travis

A graduate of Harvard Law School in 1999, Professor Travis is the author of the first comprehensive history of physical and cultural genocide in the Middle East and North Africa, entitled Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). As a contributor to other academic studies of genocide, he authored book chapters on the Assyrian genocide for Forgotten Genocides edited by Rene Lemarchand, on the contribution of the international arms trade to the onset of genocides in Impediments to the Prevention of Genocide by Samuel Totten, and on the failure to prevent genocide in 1960s Nigeria and 1970s Pakistan in Untold Stories of War Crimes Trials by Kevin Jon Heller et al. His scholarhip on the law and history of genocide has appeared in books published by the Oxford University Press, and in the journals Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, the Journal of Genocide Research, and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Dr. Nahrain E. Kambar

Dr. Nahrain Emanuel Kamber is a Technical Service Manager at The Dow Chemical Company. Nahrain E. Kamber joined The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan in 2007 as a Senior Chemist in the Core R&D Division before moving into the Dow Coating Materials Business where she has held various positions in R&D and technical service. Nahrain received her B.A. in chemistry magna cumme laude from Kalamazoo College in Michigan graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. In 2007, Nahrain completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University as an IBM Fellows Scholar. Nahrain has co-authored several academic publications and holds 14 published US patents.


She is currently the founder and operator of LamassuTM  Arak, America’s first Arak spirit inspired by her Assyrian heritage.

Önver Cetrez

Önver Cetrez is deputy director at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey and holds a senior lecturer position at the Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden, specialising in psychology of religion and cultural psychology. There, he teaches courses in mixed methods, but also on topics such as migration, health, and the role of religion in violence. For several years he coordinated a master program in Religion, Peace, and Conflict. He has edited several anthologies, among these one in the psychology of religion, one on Assyrian identity, and a more general book on borders of knowledge.

During the last three years, Dr. Cetrez has led a research project on forced migration, acculturation, and health among Iraqi refugees in Sweden. The aim of this study is to determine the role of religio-cultural resources and problems for mental health among Christian and Muslim Iraqi refugees in Södertälje, Stockholm, and Uppsala. He have recently started a similar project on Syrian refugees, but this time among people who are in a transitional space, as refugees in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr. Aryo Makko

Dr. Makko is Head of the Network for the History of International Relations and Associate Professor of History at the University of Stockholm. His current main research focus is on the relations between the neutral states of Europe and the Soviet Union between 1960 and the end of the Cold War. He is also in the process of completing two book manuscripts, a monograph preliminary entitled Failed Imperialists: Swedish-Norwegian Consuls, Commerce, and the Politics of the Small State, 1875–1914 and an edited volume on Soviet-Neutral relations during the Cold War for the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series (together with Mark Kramer and Peter Ruggenthaler). In his other area of interest, migration history and diaspora studies, he recently published a chapter on the Assyrian diaspora in Sweden in Bahar Baser & Paul Levin (eds.), Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017). His first book, Ambassadors of Realpolitik: Sweden, the CSCE, and the Cold War was published by Berghahn Books (New York/Oxford) in 2016.

Firas Jatou

Firas Jatou joined ON Semiconductor as Vice President and General Manager of the automotive solutions division at Intelligent Sensing Group two years ago after 15 years with NVIDIA Corporation. His background and experience include product development, engineering management, and automotive design quality and forecasting. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto. He developed one of the first Assyrian websites. 

Dr. Robert Karoukian

 Dr. Robert Karoukian is a San Francisco based anesthesiologist, with roots in Urmia/Iran, whose life has been devoted to Assyrian causes. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Karoukian is an artist, he is an Assyrian visual art collector, as well as a bibliophile with proficiency in history and in written and spoken Assyrian neo-Aramaic.
Dr. Karoukian is a former editor of Nineveh magazine, currently on the board of the publication, plus in charge of Education program at the Assyrian Foundation of America where he has been active for decades.


The Assyrian Studies Association promotes interest in and scholarly study of Assyrians and Assyria. It provides means for the publication of scholarly research and other materials designed to promote Assyrian studies. It promotes cooperative activities and exchange of information within the field and facilitates contact between scholars and scholarly organizations. 


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