MemberAriana Nicole Malthaner

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, and went on to complete my M.Phil at Trinity College Dublin, where I am currently undertaking my PhD. The focus of my research is synchronic language variation in Old Irish, focusing specifically on the Old Irish glosses of Milan, St. Gall and Würzburg with a view to potentially identifying diatopic variation within the Old Irish corpus. My research interests extend far beyond linguistics and into mythology, paleography, codicology, and folk healing and medicine, to name a few

MemberBonnie McLean

Adjunct professor by day, Jane Austen fangirl at all other times. I teach English and Humanities (English Composition, a variety of literature courses, and mythology) at a community college and a private denominational university and have online teaching experience since 2015. In my civilian life, I read, cook, and complete jigsaw puzzles while watching TV. Post-pandemic life will hopefully include much more travel abroad. AMA.

MemberNaz Keynejad

Looking to investigate the underlying mythology of religious dogma in both the East and the West, determining how it has fed, and continues to feed, into literary exegesis, the ties between Eastern and Western traditions that foment literary and cultural acts of rebellion, and seeking to expand the conversation on these acts by examining the role of faith in literature and its effects on social, political, and cultural sensibilities.

MemberLiang Luo

I am a professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Kentucky. I am interested in Chinese and East Asian cultural studies, the international avant-garde, folklore and mythology, propaganda and popular culture, among other things. I am the author of The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China (Michigan, 2014) and The Global White Snake (Michigan, 2021).

MemberHeather D Baker

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

MemberJoshua Rumbaoa Jerome Garcia

I am a Ph.D. Student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Graduate Theological Union and I research Biblical hermeneutics. My current project is to construct an Asian American hermeneutic at the intersection of postcolonial theory and gender theory (specifically masculinity studies). I also have secondary and tertiary research interests in Ugaritic mythology as well as Filipino American theology.   I hold master’s degrees in religion and theology from Yale University and Boston University, respectively, as well as bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biblical studies from George Fox University.

MemberErica Mongé-Greer

Erica Mongé-Greer primarily works with Hebrew Bible texts in conversation with other ancient Near Eastern literature, such as Ugaritic, Akkadian, Phoenician, Aramaic and other photo semitic texts. Special interest in mythology and cultural-linguistic connections. Dissertation research focused on Myth and Ethics in the Hebrew Bible Psalms. Conference presentations include Singing the Exodus: Spiritual Songs that Exegete the Hebrew Bible in the Antibellum South (2013); The Story Does Not End Here: Pughat’s role as a human agent in the Aqhat narrative from Ugarit (2013); Who watches the watchers? אלהים as Kings, Judges and Gods (2017); Sing A Song for the Poor: A Study of the Language of Poverty in the Psalter (2018).