Meet Our Researchers

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires consists of around 30 research members. Click on the names below to find out more about the expertise of each researcher.

Team leaders

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

Members

Alex Aissaoui, Doctoral Student
Tero Alstola, Postdoctoral Researcher
Ossi Arpe, Doctoral Student
Rotem Avneri Meir, Doctoral Student
Johannes Bach, Postdoctoral Researcher
Ellie Bennett, 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
Paula Kouki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Heidi Kovanen, Doctoral Student
Lauri Laine, Doctoral Student
Krister Lindén, Research Director of Language Technology
Marta Lorenzon, Postdoctoral Researcher
Mikko Luukko, Postdoctoral Researcher
Päivi Miettunen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Nina Nikki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Aleksi Sahala, Doctoral Student
Suzie Thomas, Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies
Joanna Töyräänvuori, Postdoctoral Researcher
Caroline Wallis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Melanie Wasmuth, Postdoctoral Research and Vice-teamleader

Associate members

Gina Konstantopoulos, Postdoctoral Researcher
Shana Zaia, Postdoctoral Researcher

Support staff

Taru Auranne, Project Coordinator
Linda Leinonen, Research Assistant
Senja Salmi, Research Assistant