Prof. Dr. Susan Pollock

Susan Pollock is professor in the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD in Anthropology, with a specialization in Near Eastern archaeology, at the University of Michigan. She has long-standing research interests in the development of state and urban societies in Western Asia and their roots in Neolithic villages in the region. She has focused on studies of households and political economies, commensality and the politics of food-related practices, feminist research in archaeology, and the political economy of archaeological practice. Within Topoi she was a member of research group (A-4) Textile Revolution, which examined the timing and consequences of the introduction of wool in Western Asia and Europe. In research group (A-2) Political Ecology she was involved in the study of mobility in the context of early villages in the Kopet Dag foothills. In Topoi 1 she conducted a project on commensality within the research group C-III Acts and took part in CSG-V.