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Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


Jennifer E. Singletary

Jennifer E. Singletary

Assistant Research Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802
Pronouns: She/Her

Dr. Singletary’s research focuses on the ancient Near East. She specializes in studying the literatures, languages, and religions of Anatolia, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Israel comparatively.

Her first book (under contract with Brill) examines how and why material objects, such as crowns or drums, were deified in the ancient Near East, and analyzes the ways in which ancient ideas about these deities relate to modern conceptions about gods. She was awarded the 2018 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award for part of this work.

Dr. Singletary’s current research investigates the strategies that ancient diviners and prophets used to either discredit their rivals or work cooperatively with their peers and others in Old Babylonian Mari, Neo-Assyria, and the Hebrew Bible (book under preliminary contract with Brill). Her research on this topic was also recently featured in an article in Archeology magazine (

Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Singletary was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Göttingen (Germany) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Montana and Wofford College. She enjoys teaching courses in ancient Near Eastern literature, magic and religion, Hebrew Bible, Ancient Judaism, and a variety of ancient Near Eastern languages.

Education Details:
Ph.D. in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, Brown University (2014)
A.M. in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, Brown University (2007)
M.A. in English, Pennsylvania State University (2005)
B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Boston University (2002)
Jennifer Singletary