One-half of the Digital Hammurabi team that masterminded H.A.P.S., Megan Lewis holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.Phil. from Birmingham University in Near Eastern Studies, both with a specialization in Assyriology. She is incredibly proud of what H.A.P.S. has achieved in such a short time, and is excited to see what the future holds.
Melina Seabrook is a second-year Ph.D. student at Harvard University. She studies the changing relationship between humans and animals as urban centers develop. Her main research area is Mesopotamia, specifically in Southern Iraq, but she has also worked in Kenya and Northern Iraq. She won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Prize in 2019. Her work incorporates zooarchaeological, spatial, micromorphological and isotopic analysis which allows for observations of shifting human-animal interactions at both a macro and micro scale.
William Reed holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. William's PhD is in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics. He is excited to see what H.A.P.S. can do to encourage good scholarship and to share such research with the general public.
Moudhy al-Rashid holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. from Columbia University's Columbia College. She is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, researching the use of metaphor in descriptions of mental distress in cuneiform medical texts.
Sara is a Ph.D. student in Assyriology at Brown University with a BA from the University of Chicago. One of her primary research interests is the digital representation of the cuneiform record, work on which would not have been possible without support from the H.A.P.S. grant. She is also passionate about public scholarship and is a regular contributor to the Digital Hammurabi channel.
Bianca Hand is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art Department at Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Art History from the College of Wooster. Her research primarily focuses on investigating questions of alterity, materiality, style, and interaction at the royal palace at Khorsabad during the reign of the Neo-Assyrian king Sargon II (721-705 BCE). She is excited to work with HAPS to make Ancient Near Eastern Studies a more diverse and accessible field for current and future scholars.
E. L. Meszaros
E.L. is an internet writer and Ph.D. student in the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity at Brown University. She holds an M.A. in History of Science from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Linguistics from Eastern Michigan University. She knows first-hand how difficult it can be to afford graduate school, especially if you’re not coming in straight from undergrad and have “unexpected” expenses like family or debt, and is so excited about the opportunities, research, and people that H.A.P.S. is enabling!