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

Tero Alstola, Postdoctoral Researcher
Ossi Arpe, Doctoral Researcher
Kaisa Autere, Doctoral Researcher
Rotem Avneri Meir, Doctoral Researcher
Ellie Bennett, Postdoctoral Researcher
Rick Bonnie, University Lecturer in Museology
Benjamín Cutillas Victoria, Postdoctoral Researcher
Céline Debourse, Postdoctoral Researcher
Paula Gheorghiade, Postdoctoral Researcher
Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä, Docent, Archaeology Laboratory Coordinator
Heidi Jauhiainen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Christopher Jones, Postdoctoral Researcher
Uine Kailamäki, Doctoral Researcher
Saimi Kautonen, Doctoral Researcher
Raz Kletter, Senior researcher
Paula Kouki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Heidi Kovanen, Doctoral Researcher
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, Postdoctoral Researcher
Adrianne Spunaugle, Postdoctoral Researcher
Stefan Smith, Postdoctoral Researcher
Lena Tambs, Postdoctoral Researcher
Joanna Töyräänvuori, Postdoctoral Researcher
Repekka Uotila, Doctoral Researcher
Jonathan Valk, Postdoctoral Researcher
Evelien Vanderstraeten, Doctoral Researcher
Caroline Wallis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Melanie Wasmuth, University Researcher and Vice-team leader
Uzume Wijnsma, Postdoctoral Researcher

Associate members

Alex Aissaoui, Doctoral Researcher
Johannes Bach, Postdoctoral Researcher
Helen Dawson, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sebastian Fink, Postdoctoral Researcher
Tommi Jauhiainen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Jutta Jokiranta, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies
Gina Konstantopoulos Professor
Lauri Laine, Doctoral Researcher
Mikko Luukko, Postdoctoral Researcher
Maria Gabriella Micale, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sanna Saari, Postdoctoral Researcher
Emanuel Pfoh, Professor
Suzie Thomas, Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies
Shana Zaia Universitätsassistentin

Support staff

Taru Auranne, Project Coordinator
Maija Holappa, Project Planner, Team 3
Linda Leinonen, Research Assistant
Janna Lund, Research Assistant
Jasmin Ruotsalainen, Research Assistant