Who are we, and why should you listen to us?
Megan Lewis is a current Ph.D. student specializing in Assyriology. She has a B.A. from Birmingham University (UK) in Ancient History, an M.Phil. from the same in Assyriology. Basically...she's been doing this for a while, and has a pretty good idea of what she's talking about.
She works primarily on the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, from the 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE. Megan is also one of a growing number of Assyriologists working in the Digital Humanities, and has recently been experimenting with topic modeling and network analysis.
As well as running Digital Hammurabi, Megan is the Assyriology editor for The Digital Orientalist.
Dr. Joshua Bowen graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2016, with a Ph.D. in Assyriology. He wrote his dissertation on the lamentations liturgies of the city of Kiš, and specializes in the Sumerian language. As well as his Ph.D., Josh hold a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University, a Th.M. in the Old Testament from Capital Bible Seminary, and a M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to entering academia, Joshua was a chaplain in the U.S. Airforce where he also gained an A.A. in Avionics.
The linguist of the family, Joshua is passionate about making ancient languages accessible to people who don't have the time or resources to spend their life in education! To that end, he has recently completed an introductory YouTube series on the textual criticism of the Bible, and continues to publish monthly videos on learning to read Sumerian.
Megan and Joshua met at grad school, fell in love across an ocean, got engaged in the Johns Hopkins University library, and married in Megan's childhood church in the U.K. They have three amazing children (who are, naturally, fluent in both Sumerian and Hebrew), and live in southern Maryland.