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Sarah Melville Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Sarah C. Melville has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences Department of Humanities & Social Sciences.Sarah Melville Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor

Melville has been teaching history at Clarkson since 1996. She earned a master’s and Ph.D. in near eastern languages and civilizations (Assyriology) at Yale University and a master’s in art history and archaeology at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her specialization is the Neo-Assyrian period (c. 1000-612 B.C.).

Melville has published a monograph and several articles on Neo-Assyrian royal women and their status at court as well as studies on the meaning and composition of ancient art. More recently, she has concentrated on Assyrian military history, publishing articles on methods of imperial expansion, the interpretation of conflicting battle accounts, and a military analysis of the collapse of the Assyrian Empire. She is currently working on a new book, the Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria 721-705 BC, which will be the first military history of an Assyrian king.

Since coming to Clarkson, Melville has taught a wide range of history courses on various aspects of ancient history, including Greek and Roman warfare, ancient medicine, and science, technology and society. In addition, Melville created and teaches War and Society, the foundation course for the war studies minor, which she also helped to develop. Clarkson is one of the few schools in the country that offers interdisciplinary war studies.

Melville is an active participant in the fields of Assyriology and military history, regularly presenting papers at conferences both here and abroad. She has completed the U.S. Army’s Military History Instructors Course at the Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, and won a fellowship to the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History (2008). She is married to Duncan Melville, a mathematics professor at St. Lawrence University, and they have three children.

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