Kathryn Kelley

Postdoctoral Fellow
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room TBD, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • 3rd and 2nd millennium BC Near Eastern economies and societies
  • Proto-cuneiform writing
  • The decipherment of Proto-Elamite writing
  • Late 4th– 3rd millennium Iranian societies
  • Cultural interaction between Mesopotamia and Iran
  • Interdisciplinary methodologies and the impact of academic disciplinary boundaries on research generation

Name of Postdoctoral Fellowship

"They shall cast her into the water”: Women in the beer industries of early Mesopotamia (3200–1600 BC).


This SSHRC funded project explores the economies realities and cultural representations of women in early Mesopotamian economies, tracing the sector of brewing, redistribution, sale, and consumption of beer from the earliest records until the end of the Old Babylonian period. 


DPhil, University of Oxford (2018)