News & Announcements Archive


Congratulations Near Eastern Studies Graduates

2018 graduates

Congratulations to our Near Eastern Studies graduates (from left to right): Erin Guinn-Villareal – Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics; Marina Escolano-Poveda – Egyptology; Karen (Maggie) Bryson – Egyptology; Jennifer Swerida – Archaeology; William Reed – Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics; and J. Caleb Howard – Assyriology (not pictured).


Graduate Student Wins Best Paper Award

paper award winner

The Department of Near Eastern Studies is proud to announce that our Egyptology graduate student, Lingxin Zhang, won first prize in the Best Student Paper Contest for “An Astrological Manual from the Tebtunis Library Concerning Women” at the American Research Center in Egypt annual conference in Tucson on April 20-22. Congratulations Lingxin!


Upcoming 2018 ANŠHE Lecture on May 1

The Graduate Students of Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies present the 2018 ANŠHE Lecture with Dr. Emily Hammer, University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Center, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Hammer will give the lecture, “Digital Approaches to Historical Landscapes of the Ancient Near East.”


2018 Albright Lecture Features Dr. Dominique Charpin

Albright lecture 2018 event flier

On Tuesday, April 24, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and the Harvey M. & Lyn P. Meyerhoff Foundation present the William Foxwell Albright Lecture 2018. Dominique Charpin, professor, Mesopotamian Civilization, College de France, Paris, will present, “Writing and the King at Mari, Ancient Mesopotamia.”


PhD Alumnus Joins University of Texas at Austin Faculty

Congratulations to 2003 Near Eastern Studies PhD graduate Dr. Bruce Wells, who will be joining the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2018-2019 academic year as associate professor of Hebrew Bible.


Alice Mandell Lecture Rescheduled for March 12

The Alice Mandell lecture, “Family Ties: Kinship Performance and Covenant in the Hebrew Bible,” which is part of the Lecture Series in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics, will be held March 12 at 4:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for March 5.


Lecture Series in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics Announced

Join us for the February and March 2018 Lecture Series in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics, sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies. The series features lecturers Jacqueline Vayntrub from Brandeis University, Lauren Monroe from Cornell University, Jessie DeGraddo from the University of Chicago, and Alice Mandell from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Alumnus Hired at Prestigious University in South Korea

Congratulations to 2008 Near Eastern Studies PhD graduate Seung-Il Kang, who was recently hired as an associate professor at Yonsei University. Yonsei is one of the top three universities in South Korea, and it was founded in 1885, making it the oldest university in the country.


Book Edited by Glenn Schwartz Receives ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award

Glenn Schwartz

The Department of Near Eastern Studies is proud to announce that Rural Archaeology in Early Urban Northern Mesopotamia: Excavations at Tell al-Raqa’i, edited by Glenn Schwartz (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, 2015) has been named the recipient of the 2017 ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award for the most substantial volume dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports, and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean.