Docent in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Helsinki and University Researcher at the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires, specializing in the social and economic history of the Ancient Near East. Previously University Lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University.


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



  • 2024. Who are the Arameans? A Selective Re-examination of the Cuneiform Evidence for the Earliest Arameans. Pp. 409–439 in Ancient Western Asia beyond the Paradigm of Collapse and Regeneration (1200–900 BCE): Proceedings of the NYU-PSL International Colloquium, Paris, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, April 16–17, 2019, ed.  M. G. Masetti-Rouault, I. Calini, R. Hawley, and L. D’Alfonso (New York: NYU Press).

  • 2023. Reflections on the Dynamics of Cuneiform Knowledge Production in the Ancient Near East. Pp. 29–31 in Material Worlds: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contacts and Exchange in the Ancient Near East, ed. A. Hausleiter (Oxford: Archaeopress). https://www.archaeopress.com/Archaeopress/download/9781803276489

  • 2023. Lemmatizing and POS-tagging Akkadian with BabyLemmatizer and Dictionary-Based Post-Correction, with A. Sahala, T. Alstola, and K. Lindén. Pp. 111–119 in Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2022, ed. T. Erjavec and M. Eskevich (Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 198). https://doi.org/10.3384/ecp198011

  • 2022. BabyLemmatizer: A Lemmatizer and POS-tagger for Akkadian, with A. Sahala, T. Alstola, and K. Lindén. Pp. 14–18 in CLARIN Annual Conference Proceedings, ed. T. Erjavec and M. Eskevich. Prague.

  • 2021. A State of Extraction: Navigating Taxation in Ancient Polities. Pp. 1–35 in Ancient Taxation: The Mechanics of Extraction in Comparative Perspective, ed. J. Valk and I. Soto Marín (New York: NYU Press).

  • 2020. The Eagle and the Snake, or anzû and bašmu? Another Mythological Dimension in the Epic of Etana. Journal of the American Oriental Society 140(4): 889-900. https://doi.org/10.7817/jameroriesoci.140.4.0889

  • 2020. Crime and Punishment: Deportation in the Levant in the Age of Assyrian HegemonyBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 384: 77-103. https://doi.org/10.1086/710485

  • 2019. The Origins of the Assyrian King ListJournal of Ancient Near Eastern History 6(1): 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1515/janeh-2017-0009

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685209-12341412

  • 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).


  • 2022. Review of Giovanni Battista Lanfranchi, Raija Mattila, and Robert Rollinger (eds.), Writing Neo-Assyrian History. Sources, Problems, and Approaches. Archiv für Orientforschung 55: 189–194.

  • 2021. Review of Jan Dušek and Jana Mynářová (eds.), Aramaean Borders: Defining Aramaean Territories in the 10th–8th Centuries B.C.E. Bibliotheca Orientalis 77 (5/6): 616–623.

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1047759419000308



  • 2017. Assyria: The Imperial Mission, by Mario Liverani. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

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