Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

“My Brother’s Keeper: Assurbanipal versus Šamaš-šuma-ukīn” (Accepted)

“Going Native: Šamaš-šuma-ukīn, Assyrian King of Babylon” (Accepted, Iraq)

“How To (Not) Be King: Negotiating the Limits of Power Within the Assyrian Political Hierarchy.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 77.2: 207-17 (2018)

“Divine Foundations: Religion and Assyrian Capital Cities” in As Above, So Below: Religion and Geography (Workshop at the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 2016 in Philadelphia), ed. Gina Konstantopoulos and Shana Zaia (projected publication 2019)

“Edition of VAT 10220 + VAT 10249 (CCP 6.2.7.B)” Cuneiform Commentaries Project (June 2018)

“Antiquarianism for Fun and Profit: Financing Your (God’s) Home in Ancient Mesopotamia” Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions Blog (University of Helsinki) (April 2018)

“Edition of W 22712/1a (CCP 6.7.u1)” Cuneiform Commentaries Project (September 2017)

“Edition of VAT 10173 (CCP 6.7.B)” Cuneiform Commentaries Project (September 2017)

“‘Godnapping’ in the Ancient Near East” Ancient Near East Today (American Schools of Oriental Research) (September 2016)

“State-Sponsored Sacrilege: Omission in the Neo-Assyrian Records of Godnapping.” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 2.1 (2015).

“City Destruction: Crisis and Response” (in Finnish) co-author with S. Fink, G. Konstantopoulos, A. Nõmmik, and S. Saari in in Kiveen Hakattu? Pyhät tekstit ja perinteet muutoksessa (Carved in Stone? Sacred Texts and Traditions in Change), eds. Martti Nissinen and Leena Vähäkylä, Gaudeamus (Projected Publication 2018)

ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW

“Aššur” Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses (University of Copenhagen) (oracc.museum.upenn.edu/amgg/index.html)

“Review of L. R. Siddall, ‘The Reign of Adad-nīrārī III: An Historical and Ideological Analysis of an Assyrian King and His Times.’” Archiv für Orientforschung

INVITED TALKS AND CONFERENCE PAPERS

Shepherding the Land and People: Internal Control and State Violence in the Neo-Assyrian Period, European ASOR/EPHE in Paris, France (September 4, 2018)

“My Brothers Were Plotting Evil:” Family Violence in the Ancient Near East, International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Helsinki, Finland (July 31, 2018)

Property Wars, Power Abuses, Pleas to the King: A Day in the Life of a Neo-Assyrian Priest, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (June 20, 2018) 

“I Made Him More Dead Than Before:” Execution and Royal Death in Assyria, 18th International Conference for Ancient East-Mediterranean Studies in Tartu (ICAEM 2018): “Power and (Op)position,” University of Tartu, Estonia (June 1, 2018)

Image Destruction and its Implications in the Neo-Assyrian Period, Re-writing History by Destruction, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany (May 16, 2018)

Kings, Priests, and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Period (Invited Talk), Priests and Priesthood in the Near East, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (March 20, 2018)

Royal Death in Assyria,” invited talk with Johannes Bach in the Ancient and Medieval Middle East Seminar, University of Helsinki (March 27, 2018)

Sacred Urban Landscape in Mesopotamia (Invited Keynote Address), CSTT Annual Meeting in Lammi, University of Helsinki, Lammi, Finland (February 8, 2018)

Cult Centers in Assyria: Preliminary Remarks, CSTT Team 1 Winter Meeting, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (December 13, 2017)

Cosmic Order: Identity, Stratification, and the Gods, Summer Symposium on the Construction of Identity in the Ancient Near East, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (August 25 2017)

Divine Foundations: Religion and Assyrian Capital Cities, 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique International, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (July 2016)

Adad in Assyria: A Case Study of Assyrian Authority, American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (March 2016)

Gods and Kings: Divine Election in Assyria, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Roundtable, Yale University (March 2016)

Cults and Capitals: Royal Cities and Religion in the Assyrian Empire, University of Göttingen International Summer School, Göttingen, Germany (July 2015)

How To (Not) Be King: On Negotiating the Limits of Power Within the Assyrian Political Hierarchy, American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2015)

Self-Representation in the Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Roundtable, Yale University (February 2015)

Disappeared Deities: Omission in the Neo-Assyrian Records of Godnapping, American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (March 16, 2014)

State-Sponsored Sacrilege: “Godnapping,” Suppression, and the Subtext of Anxiety in the Neo-Assyrian Inscriptions, 32nd Deutscher Orientalistentag, Münster, Germany (September 23, 2013)

Numina Victa: Preliminary Remarks on the ‘Naturalization’ of Foreign Gods in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Roundtable, Yale University (April 25, 2013)

Let Sîn Be His Judge! The Old Syriac Curse Formula as a Neo-Assyrian Convention, 17th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Concordia University, Canada (March 1, 2012)

GUEST LECTURES

“Academic Writing in English at the Graduate Level,” Guest Lecture in Academic Writing, University of Helsinki, Instructor: Professor Risto Uro (January 25, 2018)

“Genres in Academic Writing: Turning Your Conference Paper into a Peer-Reviewed Article,” Guest lecture in Old Testament Doctoral Seminar (University of Helsinki), Instructor: Professor Martti Nissinen (January 22, 2018)

“Ancient Mesopotamia’s Role in Modern Middle Eastern Identity Politics,” Guest Lecture in The Cultural Heritage of the Ancient Near East, University of Helsinki, Instructor: Professor Martti Nissinen (November 7, 2017)

“Transitioning to the Instructor of Record” Panel Participant, Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University, New Haven, CT (April 13, 2017)

“The Ancient Past as a Source of Identity for Modern People” Programs in International Education Resources Summer Institute for Educators, Yale University, New Haven, CT (July 7, 2016)

“Museums and the Middle East” Programs in International Education Resources Summer Institute for Educators, Yale University, New Haven, CT (July 5, 2016)

“Cults and Capitals: Royal Cities and Religion in Neo-Assyria” Ancient Near East Workshop, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York City, NY (December 10, 2015)

“Creation Stories in the Bible and the Ancient Near East: Genesis, Atra-ḫasīs, Enūma eliš,” Guest Lecture in All About Eve, Fairfield University, Instructor: Professor Robert Epstein (January 2016)

“The Shattered Cradle of Civilization: Destruction of Historical Sites in the Middle East,” Guest Lecture in Modern Islamic Movements: Religion, Ideology, and the Rise of Fundamentalism, Trinity College, Instructor: Professor Mareike Koertner (April 2015)

WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION

“Ask the Search Committee,” Panel Co-Organizer, American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (March 2017)

As Above, So Below: Religion and Geography, Workshop Organizer, 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique International, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (July 2016)

“Navigating the World of Publishing in Academic Journals,” Panel Co-Organizer, American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (March 2016)

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Roundtable, Executive Committee Member, Yale University (2011-2013)