John Nielsen

John Nielsen

Assistant Professor

    Bradley Hall 336D
    (309) 677-2401
   jpnielsen@bradley.edu

 

Ph.D., Ancient Near Eastern History, University of Chicago
M.A., Ancient Near Eastern History, University of Chicago
B.A., History, Augsburg College

Biography

John Nielsen comes to Bradley having been a member of the faculty at Loyola University of New Orleans and having taught at Columbia College, Benedictine University, and Concordia College. He has offered courses on Greek and Roman history, the pre-Islamic and modern Middle East, early and later Western Civilization, and pre-modern and modern World History. He has also been involved in several digital humanities projects, including The Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, Berkeley Prosopography Services, ORACC, and PROSOP.

John’s research interests focus on the social and economic history of Babylonia in the first millennium B.C. from the Neo-Assyrian to Hellenistic periods. He is the author of Sons and Descendants: A Social History of Kin Groups and Family Names in the Early Neo-Babylonian Period, 747-626 BC and several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He currently is completing a book indexing and analyzing personal names from early Neo-Babylonian legal and administrative documents.

Teaching

  • CIV 101 Western Civilization to 1600
  • HIS 206 Non-Western Civilization: The Middle East since Muhammad
  • HIS 325 Roman Civilization
  • HIS 336 Early Non-Western History and Geography

Scholarship

  • The Reign of Nebuchadnezzar I in History and Historical Memory. Studies in Archaeology, Culture, and History of the Ancient Near East. London: Routledge, 2018.
  • Early Neo-Babylonian Personal Names from Legal and Administrative Documents. NISABA 29. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
  • Sons and Descendants: A Social History of Kin Groups and Family Names in the Early Neo-Babylonian Period, 747-626 B.C.  Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 43.  Leiden: Brill, 2010.
  • “Taking Refuge at Borsippa: The Archive of Lâbâši Son of Nādinu.” Archiv für Orientforschung 53, in press.
  • “Three Early Neo-Babylonian Tablets Belonging to Bēl-Ēṭir of the Miṣiraya Kin Group.” Journal of Cuneiform Studies 62 (2010): 97-106.
  •  “Trading on Knowledge: The Iddin-Papsukkal Kin Group in Southern Babylonia in the 7th and 6th Centuries B.C.” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 9/2 (2009): 171-182.
  • “Adbi’ilu: An Arab at Babylon (BM 78912).”  Antiguo Oriente 7 (2009): 199-205.
  •  “Four Ur III Administrative Tablets in the Possession of Professor Francis Carroll, University of Manitoba.” Antiguo Oriente 6 (2008): 105-110.
  •  with Caroline Waerzeggers, “In Search of the Origins of the hashû Land Schemes in the Early Neo-Babylonian Period: Interactions between Temple, King and Local Elites.” In The Proceedings of the ESF Exploratory Workshop: Dynamics of Production and Economic Interaction in the Near East in the First Half of the First Millennium BCE, Villeneuve d’Ascq, 28-30 June 2011, ed. Juan Carlos Garcia Moreno. (Oxford: Oxbow Press), in press.
  • “Cultural Encounters and Identity Formation among the Urban Elite in Early Neo-Babylonian Society.”  In Cultural Encounters in Near Eastern History, eds. Mogens Larsen and Thomas Hertel.  CIFCON 4 (Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen Press), in press.
  • “Children and the Elderly.”  In A Handbook of Ancient Mesopotamia, ed. Gonzalo Rubio.  (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter), in press.
  • “Marduk’s Return: Babylonian Cultural Memory, Assyrian Imperial Ideology, and the akītu Festival of 667 B.C.”  In Cultural Memory and Religion in the Ancient City, ed. Martin Bommas, Juliette Harrison, Phoebe Roy and Elena Theodorakopolous.  Cultural Memory and History in Antiquity Vol. 2 (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012), 3-32.
  •  “Nebuchadnezzar I’s Eastern Front.”  In The Ancient Near East in the 12th-10th Centuries BCE: Culture and History, ed. Gershon Galil.  Alter Orient und Altes Testament 392 (Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 2012), 401-411.