Susan Pollock received her PhD in Anthropology, with a specialization in Near Eastern archaeology, at the University of Michigan. She is a professor at Binghamton University and guest professor in the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie at the Freie Universität Berlin. 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, feminist research in archaeology, and the political economy of archaeological practice. Within Topoi (A-4) she is engaged in a project on the “textile revolution” in Western Asia and Europe, which examines the timing and consequences of the introduction of wool. In Area A-2 she is involved in the study of mobility in the context of early villages in the Kopet Dag foothills.