Madeleine Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Lecturer, History and Political Science

Madeleine Fitzgerald earned her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (Assyriology) at Yale University. She was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA for the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (, a project that still consumes many of her free hours. She has taught in the History and Near Eastern Studies Departments at UCLA and UC-Berkeley, and has excavated at Umm el-Marra, a Bronze Age site in Syria. Her research interests include the political and social history of the Ancient Near East with emphasis on the Old Babylonian Period (2000-1750 BCE). She is a native of Berkeley, California.


  • Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University
  • BA, Anthropology, Macalester College

Courses Taught

  • World History
  • African Area Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Temple Building in the Old Babylonian Period,” in From the Foundations to the Crenellations: Essays on Temple Building in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible, Mark Boda, Jamie Novotny, eds. Alter Orient und Altes Testament vol. x (AOAT, M. Dietrich, O. Loretz, eds, Ugarit-Verlag). To appear.
  • “The Ethnic and Political Identity of the Kudur-mabuk Dynasty,” in Ethnicity in Ancient Mesopotamia: Proceedings of the 48th RAI (2005). Publications de l’Institut historique-archéologique néerlandais de Stamboul (PIHANS).
  • “pisan dub-ba and the Direction of Cuneiform Script,” Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin 2003:002 (February 2003).
  • The Rulers of Larsa, Yale Dissertation, May 2002.