Meet Our Researchers

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires consists of around 40 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, Vice-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
Kaisa Autere, Doctoral Student
Rotem Avneri Meir, Doctoral Student
Ellie Bennett, Postdoctoral Researcher
Rick Bonnie, University Lecturer in Museology
Céline Debourse, Postdoctoral Researcher
Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä, Docent, Archaeology Laboratory Coordinator
Heidi Jauhiainen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Jutta Jokiranta, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies
Uine Kailamäki, Doctoral Student
Saimi Kautonen, Doctoral Student
Raz Kletter, Senior researcher
Paula Kouki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Heidi Kovanen, Doctoral Student
Krister Lindén, Research Director of Language Technology and Vice-team leader
Marta Lorenzon, University Researcher and Vice-team leader
Päivi Miettunen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Nina Nikki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Aleksi Sahala, Doctoral Student
Adrianne Spunaugle, Postdoctoral Researcher
Stefan Smith, Postdoctoral Researcher
Lena Tambs, Postdoctoral Researcher
Joanna Töyräänvuori, Postdoctoral Researcher
Evelien Vanderstraeten, Doctoral Student
Caroline Wallis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Melanie Wasmuth, University Researcher and Vice-team leader

Associate members

Johannes Bach, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sebastian Fink, Postdoctoral Researcher
Julia Giessler, Postdoctoral Researcher
Tommi Jauhiainen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Gina Konstantopoulos Postdoctoral Researcher
Lauri Laine, Doctoral Student
Mikko Luukko, Postdoctoral Researcher
Maria Gabriella Micale, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sanna Saari, Postdoctoral Researcher
Emanuel Pfoh, Postdoctoral Researcher
Suzie Thomas, Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies
Shana Zaia Postdoctoral Researcher

Support staff

Taru Auranne, Project Coordinator
Maija Holappa, Project Planner, Team 3
Linda Leinonen, Research Assistant
Senja Salmi, Research Assistant