Baker’s research focuses on the social, economic and political history and material culture of Babylonia and Assyria in the first millennium BC, with a particular interest in urbanism and the built environment. With a training in both archaeology and cuneiform studies, including considerable fieldwork in Iraq, her work integrates both textual and archaeological evidence.
DPhil 1999 University of Oxford
MPhil 1991 University of Oxford
BA 1984 University of Cambridge
• Mesopotamian history and archaeology
• Assyria and Babylonia in the first millennium BC
• Babylonian urbanism
• house and household
• integration of textual and archaeological data
2014–present: Assistant Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History – Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civlizations, University of Toronto
2009–2014: Senior Postdoctoral Researcher and PI/grant-holder – “Royal Institutional Households in First Millennium BC Mesopotamia” (research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund), University of Vienna, Austria
2003-2008: Postdoctoral Researcher – START Project “The Economic History of First Millennium BC Babylonia,” University of Vienna, Austria
1999–2002: Research Associate – State Archives of Assyria Project, University of Helsinki, Finland
NMC 102H Ancient Empires
NMC 246H Sumerian and Babylonian Literature in Translation
NMC 347H Mesopotamia II: Assyrians and Babylonians
NMC 446H The Babylonian City
NMC 447H The Neo-Assyrian Empire
NML 305Y Introductory Akkadian
NMC 1001Y Introductory Akkadian
NMC 1005Y The Assyrian Language
NMC 1022H The Babylonian City
NMC 1023H The Neo-Assyrian Empire
• Neo-Assyrian Specialists: Crafts, Offices and Other Professional Designations. The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 4/I: Professions Index. Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project and the Finnish Foundation for Assyriological Research.
• The Urban Landscape in First Millennium BC Babylonia
• “Textual information and archaeology.” In A Handbook of Ancient Mesopotamia, edited by G. Rubio. Berlin: De Gruyter.
• “Slavery and personhood in the Neo-Assyrian empire.” In J. Bodel and W. Scheidel (eds), On Human Bondage. After Slavery and Social Death. Wiley-Blackwell, 15–30.
• “Urban craftsmen and other specialists, their land holdings, and the Neo-Assyrian state.” In J.C. Moreno García (ed.), Dynamics of Production in the Ancient Near East 1300–500 BC. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 53–73.
• “Family structure, household cycle and the social use of domestic space in urban Babylonia.” In Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, edited by M. Müller. OIS 10. Chicago: Oriental Institute, 371–407.
• (with M. Groß) “‘Doing the King’s Work’: Perceptions of Service in the Assyrian Royal Correspondence.” In S. Procházka, L. Reinfandt and S. Tost (eds), Official Epistolography and the Language(s) of Power. Proceedings of the First International Conference of the Research Network Imperium & Officium. Comparative Studies in Ancient Bureaucracy and Officialdom. University of Vienna, 10–12 November 2010. Papyrologica Vindobonensia 8. Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 73–90.
• “The transmission of offices, professions and crafts within the family in the Neo-Assyrian period.” In A. Archi (ed.), Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Rome, 4–8 July 2011. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 587–596.
• (ed., with M. Jursa) Documentary Sources in Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman Economic History. Oxford & Havertown, PA: Oxbow Books.
• “The Babylonian cities: investigating urban morphology using texts and archaeology.” In The Fabric of Cities: Aspects of Urbanism, Urban Topography and Society in Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, edited by N.N. May and U. Steinert. Leiden: Brill, 171–188.
• “Beneath the stairs in the Rēš temple of Hellenistic Uruk. A study in cultic topography and spatial organization.” Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie 6: 18–42.
• “The image of the city in Hellenistic Babylonia.” In Shifting Social Imaginaries in the Hellenistic Period: Narrations, Practices, and Images, edited by E. Stavrianopoulou. Mnemosyne Supplements 363. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 51–65.
• “The Neo-Babylonian Empire.” In A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, edited by D.T. Potts. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 914–930.
• (ed.) The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 3/II: Š–Z. Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.
• “From street altar to palace: reading the built environment of urban Babylonia.” In The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture, edited by K. Radner & E. Robson. Oxford: OUP, 533–552.
• “The social dimensions of Babylonian domestic architecture in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods.” In The World of Achaemenid Persia—History, Art and Society in Iran and the Ancient Near East, edited by J. Curtis and S. Simpson. London: IB Tauris, 179–194.
• “Urban form in the first millennium BC.” In The Babylonian World, edited by G. Leick. London: Routledge, 66–77.
• The Archive of the Nappahu Family. Archiv für Orientforschung Beiheft 30. Vienna: Institut für Orientalistik der Universität Wien.
• (ed.) The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 3/I: P–Ṣ. Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.
• (ed.) The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 2/II: L–N. Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.
• (ed.) The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 2/I: Ḫ–K. Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.