Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Freelance Scholar
Website URL
japan, military history, tohoku, tohoku region, bakumatsu, american civil war, boshin war
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian is an Armenian-American queer woman by birth and a military historian by training. She is proud to have called the American and Japanese northeasts her home. She has produced nonfiction, fiction, and photography content for more than a dozen publications, including two newspapers and five anthologies, as well as for Eisner Award-nominated author Magdalene Visaggio’s Kim & Kim. What’s her secret, you ask? Garlic and Turkish coffee (but really mostly Turkish coffee). Come say hi to her on Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon at riversidewings

Recent Publications



Podcast Appearances

Public Lectures and Stage Shows

  • “The Armenians of Pittsburgh” (WordPlay, 2017)
  • “Get Your History the Anime Way” (Tekko 2018)
  • “Animal-Person Caricatures” (Anthrocon 2019)
  • “Tohoku Krampus: Get to Know the Namahage of Northern Japan” (Anthrocon 2020)
  • “Grey Dawn” (WPAFW 2020)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Japan, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Government, Military, Politics, Women