I've been teaching and doing research in the history and languages of the ancient Near East for more than two decades. My scholarly publications include numerous peer-reviewed articles as well as a monograph, State and Society in the Late Bronze Age (2008), and co-authored or co-edited works. I also write for non-specialist publications and the popular press on occasion. My current research focuses on the conceptualization and practice of freedom in ancient societies. I am at present working on a book titled Freedom and Governance in the Ancient Near East.