I am a Ph.D student in the Department of History at Columbia University specializing in the Neo-Assyrian Empire. My dissertation, titled “Power and Elite Competition in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 745-612 BC,” seeks to understand the structure of the Assyrian imperial system through studying communication and competition between government officials for power and status.


Currently enrolled – Ph.D, History, Columbia University.
2017 – M.Phil, History, Columbia University.
2016 – M.A., History, Columbia University.
2014 – M.A., Biblical Archaeology, Wheaton College.
2011 – B.A., Peace, War & Defense, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Journal Articles:

“New Light on the Assassination of Sennacherib.” Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2019-2 (June 2019): 88-90.

“Understanding ISIS’s Destruction of Antiquities as a Rejection of Nationalism.” Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 6, No. 1-2 (2018): 32-58.

Book Reviews:

Culture in Crisis: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones (Washington, DC: The Antiquities Coalition/Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2017), in Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism 15, No. 1 (Summer 2018): 68-77.

Print Articles (Non Peer Reviewed):

“Işid Neden Yok Ediyor?” Aktüel Arkeoloji No. 52 (Temmuz-Ağustos [July-August] 2016): 14-23 [in Turkish].

Online Articles (Non Peer Reviewed):

“Hatra’s Embattled History: From the Romans to ISIS.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine, May 23, 2017.
“What Central Africa’s War on Poaching Can Teach Us About Fighting the Plunder of Antiquities.” HyperAllergic, July 5, 2016.
“The Centre of Learning Destroyed by ISIS in Iraq.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine, June 17, 2016.
“Another Treasure Lost in Iraq: The Story of Mar Behnam Monastery.” HyperAllergic, June 23, 2015.
“In Battle Against ISIS, Saving Lives or Ancient Artifacts.” HyperAllergic, April 17, 2015.
“What ISIS Destroys, Why, and Why We Must Document It.” HyperAllergic, March 6, 2015.

Conference Presentations:

“Power and Elite Competition in the Neo-Assyrian Empire: Towards a Social Network-Based Model.” November 23, 2019, American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

“A Great King Without Rival: The Literary Memory of Sargon of Akkad in 8th-7th Century Assyria as a Background for Nimrod in Genesis 10:8-12.” November 24, 2019, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference, San Diego, California.

“Removing shirk and jahiliyyah: ISIS’s Destruction of the Pre-Islamic Past as a Rejection of Nationalism.” November 18, 2017, special panel on “The Past in Peril and the Perils of the Past: Ancient History in Modern Near Eastern Politics,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.


I have three major projects at present:

First, my dissertation on competition and communication in the Assyrian empire in the eighth and seventh centuries BC.

Second, I am a square supervisor for the 2017 dig season as part of the Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Tell es-Safi/Gath.

Third, I work on documenting the destruction and looting of antiquities in the Near East as well as examining the intersection between archaeology and military conflict on my blog Gates of Nineveh.


American Schools of Oriental Research
Society of Biblical Literature

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