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.


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)

Other Publications


  • Forthcoming. Crime and Punishment: Deportation in the Levant in the Age of Assyrian Hegemony. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

  • Forthcoming. The Eagle and the Snake, or anzû and bašmu? Another Mythological Dimension in the Epic of Etana. Journal of the American Oriental Society.

  • 2019. The Origins of the Assyrian King ListJournal of Ancient Near Eastern History 6.1: 1-17.

  • 2016. “They Enjoy Syrup and Ghee at Tables of Silver and Gold”: Infant Loss in Ancient Mesopotamia. ­Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 59.5: 695-749.

  • 2015. Representations of Power: Shaping the Past and the Present (Response), with Beate Pongratz-Leisten. Pp. 643-651 in Robert Rollinger and Erik van Dongen (eds.), Mesopotamia in the Ancient World: Impact, Continuities, Parallels. Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Obergurgl, Austria, November 4-8, 2013. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.


  • 2020. Review of Josette Elayi, Sennacherib, King of AssyriaReview of Biblical Literature.

  • 2019. Review of Aaron Tugendhaft, Baal and the Politics of Poetry. Bibliotheca Orientalis 76(3/4): 304–310.

  • 2019. The varying kinds of “state correspondence” in the ancient world (15th c. B.C.–6th c. A.D.). Review of Karen Radner (ed.), State Correspondence in the Ancient World, with David Ratzan. Journal of Roman Archaeology 32: 534–538.

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