Ph.D. Institut Vostokovedeniya, Academy of Sciences,
Teaching at Chicago since 2001.
Armenian Linguistics and Literature, Armenian Art, Religion, Culture and Traditions, Indo-European Languages and Comparative Linguistics
Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian has an M.A. in Teaching Languages as a Second Language from Armenian Pedagogical Institute for Foreign Languages, Yerevan, Armenia. She did her PhD program at the Institut Vostokovedeniya of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and in 1992 she received a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages, History and Civilizations with specialization in Hittite Studies. In 1993 Haroutunian received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue research at the Hittite Dictionary project at the University of Chicago. She has been in Chicago since then. From 1994 to 2001 she worked as a Research Associate in the above mentioned project. Meanwhile she taught a number of Adult Education Courses in Hittite History, Religion and Culture at the Oriental Institute.
In 2001 Haroutunian joined the NELC faculty and has been offering a variety of courses at the University of Chicago, including Modern Armenian Language (at 3 levels: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced), Classical Armenian, Armenian Literature, History and Culture of Armenia, Ancient Empires, Ancient Anatolian literature, etc. She has also been designing syllabi and teaching materials for all those courses.
Haroutunian is the coordinator of the Armenian Studies program at the University and a board member of the Armenian Visiting Professorship Committee. She helped to found the Armenian Student Association at the University in 2003 and has been mentoring Armenian students since then. She has also been a board member of Central Eurasian Studies Committee at the University of Chicago, and many times served on the CMES Admissions Committee.
Haroutunian's research has concentrated on linguistic and cultural-religious topics relating to Hittite texts, as well as aspects of Armenian culture like traditions and beliefs. The scope of her interests stretches from Armenian Linguistics and Literature, History, Culture and Traditions to that of neighboring Post-Soviet Independent States, as well as Hittite Studies, Indo-European Studies, etc.