Advisor: Marc Van De Mieroop
Mallory Ditchey is a second-year PhD student in Ancient History. She specializes in the history of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she received her B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations from UCLA in 2008. In 2012, she completed her M.A. in Assyriology at Yale University, with her thesis entitled, “Human Branding and Tattooing in Ancient Mesopotamia.” Before coming to Columbia, she worked for UCLA’s Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), and as a researcher and consultant for feature films.
Mallory is interested in the history of Mesopotamia in the third millennium BCE, and in particular the development of writing in its social and economic contexts. She is also interested in the Assyrian colony system of the Middle Bronze Age, and the dissemination of Mesopotamian culture throughout the broader Near East and the Mediterranean.