Meet Our Researchers

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires consists of around 25 research members. Click on the names below to find out more regarding the expertise of each researcher.

Saana Svärd, Director of the Centre and Team leader, Associate Professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Antti Lahelma, Acting Director of the Centre and Team leader, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Jason Silverman, Team leader, Senior Researcher

Tero Alstola, Postdoctoral Researcher
Johannes Bach, Postdoctoral Researcher
Rick Bonnie, Postdoctoral Researcher and Vice-team leader
Sebastian Fink, Postdoctoral Researcher
Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä, Postdoctoral Researcher
Heidi Jauhiainen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Tommi Jauhiainen, Doctoral Student
Jutta Jokiranta, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies
Raz Kletter, Senior researcher
Gina Konstantopoulos, Postdoctoral Researcher
Paula Kouki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Lauri Laine, Doctoral Student
Marta Lorenzon, Postdoctoral Researcher
Päivi Miettunen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Nina Nikki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Aleksi Sahala, Doctoral Student
Joanna Töyräänvuori, Postdoctoral Researcher
Caroline Wallis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Melanie Wasmuth, Postdoctoral Research and Vice-teamleader
Shana Zaia, Postdoctoral Researcher

Katri Rostedt, Project Coordinator