Anahid Matossian

Women, Peace, and Security Subject Matter Expert

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gender
  • Migration
  • Post-conflict
  • Syria
  • Armenia


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, 2021, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. Anthropology, 2013, Purdue University
  • B.A. Anthropology and Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic (AAPTIS) Studies, 2011, University of Michigan


                Dr. Anahid Matossian is the Women, Peace, and Security Subject Matter Expert (SME) in support of Marine Corps University's Center for Regional Security Studies (CRSS). Prior to serving as the WPS SME, she worked as a Social Scientist with the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL)'s team Translational Research Group (TRG). She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in May 2021 from the University of Kentucky, M.S. in Anthropology from Purdue University, and B.A. in Anthropology and Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan. She has 10 years of experience conducting ethnographic research with displaced women from Syria and Turkey in places from Los Angeles to Yerevan, Armenia, Berlin, and Istanbul. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Matossian grew up hearing oral history accounts from relatives about forced displacement and survival, which sparked her interest at an early age to capture and amplify these narratives for diverse audiences. Her research focuses on gender, migration, conflict, and political anthropology, and regionally on the Middle East (Syria) and South Caucasus (Armenia). She is pleased to join the MCU team and combine experiences in the field working with Syrian refugee women and her current work on Marine Corps professional military education.

Selected Publications

  • “Roses remind me of Aleppo": Ironic Home, Beckoning States, and Memories of Syrian Armenian Women in Yerevan, Armenia (book manuscript in progress, based on Ph.D. dissertation)

Professional memberships 

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society of Applied Anthropology
  • American Research Institute of the South Caucasus-member
  • Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists
  • Washington Evaluators' Association
  • Women's Foreign Policy Network
Marine Corps University