Senior Lecturer of Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Office: S-420 Callaway Center
Hilary Gopnik received her BA in Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her MA/PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research centered on Godin Tepe, one of the only archaeological sites that can be firmly identified with the Medes of Iran (8th to 6th c. BCE). She recently co-authored the final publication of that site: On the High Road: The History of Godin Tepe, Iran. Since 2008, Gopnik has shifted her archaeological focus from Iran northwards to Azerbaijan, where she is the co-director of excavations at the Iron Age (8th to 1st centuries BCE) citadel site of Oğlanqala. In the summer of 2013, this project began work at the nearby site of Qizqala which has settlement occupation lasting for some 2,000 years from the Bronze Age through the Iron Age. Gopnik currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she holds the position of Principal Scientist and teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program at Emory University.