Hrach Martirosyan is currently Lecturer in Eastern Armenian in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. After receiving his MA in Philology from Vanadzor Pedagogical Institute, he pursued graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Sargis Harutyunyan at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Armenian Academy of Sciences in Yerevan. His dissertation “Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon” forthcoming from Brill (c. 1000 pp.) forms part of the larger project to compile an Indo-European Etymological Dictionary. Thereafter, he moved to Leiden University as a Guest Lecturer in the field of Classical Armenian from an Indo-European perspective (2011-2015). Subsequently, he held a postdoc at the Institute of Iranian Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (2015- 2017), investigating Armenian personal names of Iranian origin under the supervision of Velizar Sadovski in the framework of an Iranian Prosopographical Dictionary. Most recently, he returned to his position at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics to continue etymological research on native Armenian vocabulary.
Dr. Martirosyan carries out an online course on the History of the Armenian language at his website “Hayerenagitut‘yan akademia (Հայերենագիտության ակադեմիա).” More information about his work is also up on his Facebook page. Since 2008 he has also been working on a project “HayaSSA: Hiking Summer School of Armenology.”