Susan Pollock

Susan Pollock’s research interests include commensality and food-related practices; communities and their constitution from early villages to early states in western Asia; processes of subjectification in the nexus of relationships between people and the material world; and the politics of archaeology, from the political economy of archaeological practice to the archaeology of the recent past in Germany. Her work is influenced in particular by feminist scholarship, practice theories, and approaches to political economy and ideology. Most of her fieldwork has been conducted in western Asia, including Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, as well as in Turkmenistan. Among her publications are Ancient Mesopotamia: The Eden That Never Was (Cambridge, 1999), Between Feasts and Daily Meals. Toward an Archaeology of Commensal Spaces (edited special volume of e-Topoi (, 2012) and Archaeologies of the Middle East: Critical Perspectives (co-edited with Reinhard Bernbeck, Blackwell, 2005).