MemberJonathan Valk

…PhD Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University; 2018
Ancient World
MPhil Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University; 2015
Ancient World (Assyriology and Ancient Near East)
MA University of Chicago; 2009
Middle Eastern Studies
BA University of Oxford; 2007
Oriental Studies (Jewish Studies)…

University Lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University specializing in the social and economic history of the Ancient Near East and in the theory of collective identity.

MemberCharles Jones

Charles E. Jones is the Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities in the George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library at The Pennsylvania State University. He was the founding Head of the Library at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and a member of the Faculty of the Libraries of New York University from 2008-2013.  Before ISAW, Jones spent three years in Greece as the Head of the Blegen Library, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, preceded by twenty-two years as the Librarian of the Research Archives, Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago.  Trained in the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in Ancient Near Eastern History and Assyriology, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Persepolis Fortification Archive Publication Project.  In addition to building and running focused academic libraries, Jones works on a broad range of issues related to scholarly communication in digital environments. Jones is the Editor of AWOL: The Ancient World Online [ISSN 2156-2253]

MemberAdrianne Spunaugle

…PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Hebrew Bible and Assyriology 2019 (expected)
MA, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Hebrew Bible and Assyriology 2015
MA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bible and the Ancient Near East 2012
MSt, University of Oxford- Christ Church, Jewish Studies 2009
BA, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Biblical Literature: Old Testament 2007…

MemberVanessa Juloux

…an and Western Asia: Encoding, Information Collection, Digital Collaboration, and Investigating Strategies.Talk co-authoring (with Emilie Pagé-Perron and Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller) : Enhancing Collaboration between Digital Assyriology Projects Through Open Access Practices.AOS (Los Angeles, March)Talk: A statistical experimental approach for studying relationships between animated entities in the Baʿlu Cycle of ʾIlimilku.DH (Montreal, Au…

Anthropologist, philosopher, digital humanist. CV and publications.

MemberJacob Lauinger

…PhD, Assyriology, The University of Chicago, 2007

MA, Assyriology, The University of Chicago, 2001

BA, Classical Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, 1999…

Jacob Lauinger is an Assyriologist who focuses on Akkadian cuneiform texts of the first and second millennium B.C with an interest in peripheral (i.e. extra-Mesopotamian) dialects of Akkadian.  His research focuses on the social, legal, and economic history of the ancient Near East and, in particular, on approaching cuneiform tablets from both philological and archaeological perspectives in order to better define the social contexts in which they were written, used, and stored. In this regard, he is fortunate to serve as the epigrapher for three archeological excavations, Koç University’s Tell Atchana (Alalah) Excavations, the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project, and the Sirwan Regional Project’s Khani Masi Excavations.  His first book (Following the Man of Yamhad, Brill 2015) explored questions of land tenure and political territoriality at Middle Bronze Age Alalah, while his curreent book project focuses on the Satue of Idrimi from Late Bronze Age Alalah.

MemberHeather D Baker

British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI)
International Association for Assyriology (IAA)
American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
American Oriental Society (AOS)
Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies (CSMS)

DPhil, Assyriology (University of Oxford)
MPhil, Cuneiform Studies (University of Oxford)
BA, Archaeology (University of Cambridge)

…ultural perspective.’ In H. Neumann, R. Dittmann, S. Paulus, G. Neumann, & A. Schuster-Brandis (eds), Krieg und Frieden im Alten Vorderasien. 52e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale / International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology, Münster, 17.-21. Juli 2006. AOAT 401. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, pp. 87–96.
Baker, H.D. 2014. ‘Temple and city in Hellenistic Uruk: sacred space and the transformation of …

As an Assyriologist who has also trained in archaeology and gained considerable experience of Near Eastern excavation, my primary interest is in combining textual information and material culture in the study of Mesopotamian society and economy. I apply this approach to the study of the Babylonian city and to investigating house and household. I am currently PI of an international project, Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages (MTAAC), funded by SSHRC through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge. Research Interests My work focuses on the social, political and economic history and material culture of 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia, with a particular interest in Babylonian urbanism and the built environment, and in the Neo-Assyrian royal household. My research and publications cover the following topics:

  • urbanism and the built environment
  • religious architecture
  • house and household
  • integration of textual and archaeological data
  • Hellenistic Babylonia (especially the city of Uruk)
  • the Assyrian royal palace and household
  • onomastics and naming practices
  • prosopography
  • slavery
  • society and economy
  • political history
  • cuneiform archives and archival practices


  • 2014–present: Assistant Professor in Ancient Near Eastern History, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • 2009—2014: Senior Postdoc and PI of project “Royal Institutional Households in First Millennium BC Mesopotamia,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 2003–2009: Postdoc, START Project “The Economic History of Babylonia in the First Millennium BC,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 1999–2002: Research Associate, State Archives of Assyria Project, University of Helsinki; from July 1999, Editor-in-Charge of The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • 1993–1998: Editorial Assistant/IT Assistant (part-time), A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (a British Academy Major Research Project)
  • 1994–1995: Curator Grade G (part-time), Department of the Middle East, the British Museum
  • 1984–1989: Field Archaeologist employed on various excavation and post-excavation projects in England, Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq

MemberMark Weeden

…oyal Inscriptions and Related Texts in the Schøyen Collection, edited by A. R. George with contributions by M. Civil, G. Frame, P. Steinkeller, F. Vallat, K. Volk, M. Weeden and C. Wilcke (Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology 17, Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection, Cuneiform Texts 6). Bethesda, Md.: CDL Press, 2011. Pp. 193-198.

— 2011: Adapting to New Contexts. Cuneiform in Anatolia. Radner, K. and Robson,…

Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, SOAS, University of London

MemberChristopher Hays

…Society of Biblical Literature
American Schools of Oriental Research
American Oriental Society
International Association for Assyriology
National Association of Professors of Hebrew
Catholic Biblical Association
North American Society of Early-Career Theologians (N-SECT), Founding member…

Christopher Hays is the D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He has participated in archaeological research in Israel and conducts study trips there. In 2017-18, Hays is serving as president of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Pacific Coast region. Hays is the author of Hidden Riches: A Textbook for the Comparative Study of the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East (Westminster John Knox, 2014) and Death in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). He is working on the Isaiah commentary for the Old Testament Library series, having translated the book for the Common English Bible and written the entry on Isaiah for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. In 2013, he was one of ten scholars around the world to receive the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. Hays has published articles on diverse topics in journals such as the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Biblica, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, and the Journal of Theological Interpretation. He has also contributed essays to various edited volumes. Hays teaches courses in Old Testament and directs the master’s program in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the School of Theology. His languages include Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Hays is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

MemberDavide Nadali

…. 309-320.
2014 Experts at War. Masters behind the Ranks of the Assyrian Army, in H. Neumann et al. (eds), Krieg und Frieden im Alten Vorderasien. 52e Rencontre Assyriologique International, International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology, Münster, 17.-21. Juli 2006 (AOAT 401), Münster, pp. 553-566.


2011 L’architettura monumentale di templi e palazzo e la costruzione della città; Mo…

  • Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Antiquities, Faculty of Humanities.