Nawale al-Mutawalli studied archaeology at Baghdad University and received a PhD from there in 1995. After assistantships in the Iraqi museum and several Iraqi expeditions she became General Director of the Iraqi museum in 2000. From 2005 to 2012 she was Assistant Professor in the College of Arts at Baghdad University. In 2012 she was appointed Professor of Archaeology. At Topoi Nawale al-Mutawalli carries out her research within the research project (B-2-2) Monumentality as Policy by investigating unpublished sources of construction plans in order to support the project`s work on oversized construction projects.