Jacob Dahl

Professor in Assyriology
Faculty of Oriental Studies

College position:

Professor Jacob Dahl studied at the University of Copenhagen for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees and graduated with a Danish MA level degree in 1999. Dahl was subsequently awarded a scholarship from the Danish government to study for the PhD degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dahl graduated with the PhD in 2003. He spent two years in Paris as a post-doctoral researcher with the CNRS working in the Louvre on the earliest texts from Iran, the so-called proto-Elamite texts (2003-2005). Dahl was Research Associate for three years at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (2005-2008), while also lecturing at the Free University of Berlin (2007-2008). He was appointed to his current post at the University of Oxford in 2008, first as a Lecturer/Associate Professor, and from 2017 as a full Professor of Assyriology.

Research Interests:

  • Late 3rd millennium BC administrative history
  • Invention and early spread of writing in the Ancient Near East
  • Dahl is co-PI of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, the worlds largest database for cuneiform texts