• PhD, Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago (2004)
  • MA, Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago (2000)
  • BA, Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, Wheaton College (1996)




Honors & Awards

  • Guest Researcher, Österreiches Akademie der Wissenschaften (2022–2023)
  • Getty Villa Scholar, Getty Villa (Fall 2020)
  • Visiting Research Associate, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Sept. 2013)
  • Fellow, Near Eastern Studies Department, The Johns Hopkins University (2012‒2013)
  • G. E. Wright Award from American Schools of Oriental Research for best archaeological publication (2011)
  • Faculty Summer Research Program, UCLA (2010)
  • UCLA Vasa Cube Award for Fiat-Lux Seminars (2006–2010)
  • Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA (2007–2008)



    • First Civilizations (ANE/MES M50A)
    • Archaeology of Ancient Israel (ANE 164)
    • Archaeology of the Levant (ANE 162)


    • Levant archaeology seminars (ANE 230) on Prehistory to Early Bronze Age; Middle to Late Bronze ages; Early Iron Age and Israel; Problems in Late Iron Age; Phoenicians, etc.


    • Center for Digital Humanities
    • Center for Near Eastern Studies
    • Center for the Study of Religion
    • Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
    • Department of Classics
    • Global Antiquity
    • International Institute
    • Leve Center for Jewish Studies
    • Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World
    • Urban Humanities Initiative