Shana Zaia

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Shana Zaia was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Assyriology in May 2017. Her dissertation is a diachronic study of official religion in Assyria during the first millennium BCE.

She will continue her work on Mesopotamian religion as a postdoc at the University of Helsinki’s Center of Excellence: Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions.  

During the academic year 2013-14 Shana was a visiting student at Heidelberg University in Germany.

Shana received her M.Phil. from Yale University (2013) in Assyriology with a minor in Comparative Semitics, and her B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis (2009) with a double major in Classics and English Literature and a minor in Legal Studies. Shana’s teaching experience at Yale includes being the primary instructor for Sumerian (2012-13) and Akkadian (Fall 2015) language courses as well as for a seminar on Reclaiming Ancient Heritage in the Contemporary Middle East (Spring 2016).

More information about Shana’s research and teaching can be found at

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