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Jonathan Valk


Jonathan Valk holds a First Class BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and an MPhil in the Ancient World from New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Jonathan is currently completing his dissertation, entitled “Assyrian Collective Identity in the Longue Durée: A Social Categories Approach.” This project is a diachronic investigation of the development of Assyrian collective identity between c. 2000 BCE and 600 BCE. The dissertation explores how Assyrianness was conceptualized, how this changed, and why. To answer such questions, Jonathan employs an interdisciplinary research methodology that he hopes to refine for general use in humanistic and social science research on collective identity.

In his time at ISAW, Jonathan has co-organized two conferences, Life at the Margins: Questions in Ancient Near Eastern Social History and The Mechanics of Extraction: Comparing Principles of Taxation and Tax Compliance in the Ancient World. Jonathan will be editing a volume based on the latter conference, which is scheduled for publication in 2018. Additionally, Jonathan has published an article entitled “They Enjoy Syrup and Ghee at Tables of Silver and Gold”: Infant Loss in Ancient Mesopotamia in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, and has written and presented at conferences on several other subjects.