Clark Research Associate Professor in Assyriology
Tinney has been a member of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies since 1996. He is also associate curator in the Babylonian section of the University Museum. Before being appointed to a faculty position, he was a research specialist on the Museum’s Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project. He now directs this project to create the world’s first dictionary of the first written language. He is also a consultant to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative at UCLA, and to Oxford University’s Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature Project.
Tinney holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is the author of The Nippur Lament: Royal Rhetoric and Divine Legitimation in the Reign of Isme-Dagan of Isin (1953-1935 B.C.); his second book, Elementary Sumerian Literary Texts, is due to appear in the series Mesopotamian Civilisations next year. He is a member of Penn Arts & Sciences’ Learning and Technology Committee and the graduate groups in ancient history, and Asian and Middle Eastern studies (Near Eastern languages and civilizations), linguistics, and religious studies.
About the Donor
Clarence H. Clark
The Clark Chair was established in 1902 by Edward White Clark and Clarence H. Clark.