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Dr. Matthew Ari Jendian earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Southern California
in 2001. Part of the sociology faculty at Fresno State since 1995, Dr. Jendian is
currently a Full Professor, served as Department Chair (2009-19), and was the founding
director of The Humanics Program in Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership,
teaching courses on race and ethnicity, social class and inequality, terrorism and
genocide, philanthropy and grant making, and social policy, advocacy, and community
organizing. Dr. Jendian has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and two
books: Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2008) and #Think:
Critical Thinking about Social Problems (Kendall Hunt, 2017).
Dr. Jendian’s honors include: 2012 President’s Award of Excellence presented by Fresno
State’s University Advisory Board in recognition of his integrity, leadership, and
commitment to the university and community; 2022 Richard Hovannisian Higher Education
Award for exemplary curriculum development on Genocide Education; 2016 “Together We
Win” Award in recognition of his role in civic engagement; 2014 “Trailblazer for Prosperity”
Award from Southeast Fresno Community & Economic Development Association; 2008 “Provost’s
Award for Faculty Service”; 2007 Social Action Award from Temple Beth Israel; and
2007 “Amigo Award” presented by Vida en El Valle to “a non-Latino individual or organization
who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Latino community.”
Dr. Jendian is one of the founding members of Faith In the Valley, Fresno and has
served as a board member for several national and local CBOs, including Nonprofit
Leadership Alliance, Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council, Fresno Housing Alliance,
Regenerate California Innovation, and Fresno Metro Ministry.