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Harold Torger Vedeler

Harold Torger Vedeler

Assistant Professor of History

Phone: (860) 832-2800 
Fax: (860) 832-2804 
Email: vedelerhat@ccsu.edu

Harold Torger Vedeler received his B.A. in anthropology and history with honors (cum laude) from the University of New Mexico in 1985, and followed this up with a decade in business before earning an M.A. in archaeology from the University of Minnesota in 2000, and then an M.A. (2003), MPhil (2004), and PhD (2006) in Assyriology from Yale University. Prior to his arrival at CCSU in 2009, he taught at the University of Minnesota, Yale, and Southern Connecticut State University.

Dr. Vedeler’s teaching interests range from World History, with a focus on comparative world religions, to Ancient History, particularly ancient Israel and the ancient Near East. His teaching also focuses on ancient literature, legends, and unorthodox theories in historical study, including pseudoscience and pseudohistory. His research focuses primarily on the social history of the ancient Near East, as well as modern perceptions and misperceptions of history and archaeology. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled “The First Transformational War: Samsuiluna and the Rise of the Regional State in Mesopotamia.”

Dr. Vedeler is a member of the American Oriental Society, the American Historical Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has also served as a Research Affiliate for the Yale Babylonian Collection, as a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities, and is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Selected Publications:

  • “Sumerian Royal Hymns and Related Genres in the Yale Babylonian Collection,” Yale Oriental Series 23. (with W.W. Hallo; forthcoming)
  • Doughnuts of the Gods. (forthcoming).
  • “Reconstructing Meaning in Deuteronomy 22:5: Gender, Society and Transvestitism in Israel and the Ancient Near East,”Journal of Biblical Literature 127 (2008): 459-476.
  • “The Use of Textual and Archaeological Data in a Case of Mesopotamian Site Distribution,” in The Entangled Past:  Integrating History and Archaeology.  Proceedings of the 30th Annual Chacmool Archaeological Conference, Calgary, Alberta.  M. Boyd, J.C. Erwin and M. Hendrickson, editors. Alberta: The Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary, 2000. 204-209.