Maral Attallah


Recipient of the 2013/2014 Cal Poly Humboldt Excellence in Teaching Award- Lecturer Faculty.

Maral's areas of specialization include comparative genocide studies, race and ethnic relations, and identity politics. She pays particular attention to issues of colonization, immigration, and recognition of genocide and genocide denial. Her scholarship focuses heavily on exposing the perspectives and voices of marginalized groups in society. In addition to teaching at Humboldt, Maral frequently guest lectures on the Armenian Genocide. She has been awarded Fellowships from several prominent institutions, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. Maral has presented her research on genocide denial at national and international conferences and her scholarship on the Armenian Genocide and resistance was recognized by Samuel P. Oliner, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, in his 2011 book, “The Nature of Good and Evil: Understanding the Acts of Moral and Immoral Behavior”.

Maral encourages students to develop critical awareness, to engage in community action, and works tirelessly with them to develop the necessary tools to do so. She teaches foundational introductory courses in Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, and Sociology, as well as upper division courses on resistance movements and comparative genocide studies. Maral has created two popular courses for the CRGS Department: Multi-Ethnic Resistance in the U.S. and Narrating Genocide.

Maral Attallah
(707) 826-3155
Behavioral and Social Sciences Building 242