Heather D. Baker

Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 407, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Babylonia and Assyria in the first millennium BC
  • Babylonian Urbanism
  • Mesopotamian social and economic history
  • Integration of textual and archaeological data
  • Digital cuneiform


My work focuses on the social, political and economic history and material culture of 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia, with a particular interest in Babylonian urbanism and the built environment, and in the Neo-Assyrian royal household. As an Assyriologist who has also trained in archaeology and gained considerable experience of Near Eastern excavation, my primary interest is in combining textual information and material culture in the study of Mesopotamian society and economy. I apply this approach to the study of the Babylonian city and to investigating house and household.I also have an interest in Digital Humanities and have recently (2017–2019) served as PI of an international project, Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages (MTAAC), funded by SSHRC through Round 4 of the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge. 


DPhil, University of Oxford