Ömür Harmansah specializes in the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with emphasis on Anatolia, Syria, and Mesopotamia. He is the author of Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East that was published by Cambridge University Press (2013). He is spending the 2013-2014 academic year on sabbatical as a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where he completed his second monograph entitled Place, Memory, and Healing: An Archaeology of Anatolian Rock Monuments, which will be published by Routledge in December 2014. Since 2010, Harmansah has been directing Yalburt Yaylasi Archaeological Landscape Research Project , a diachronic regional survey project addressing questions of place and landscape in Konya Province of west-central Turkey.
Born and raised in Turkey, Ömür studied architecture and architectural history at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), and received his PhD from University of Pennsylvania in the History of Art (2005). He previously taught at Reed College (Portland, OR) for three semesters in 2005-2006. He joined the faculty at Brown in 2006, and since then, he has been teaching at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies . At Brown he is also affiliated with the Department of Anthropology , Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies , and the program in Middle East Studies. He was Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities in Fall 2012. He currently serves as a Commissioner at the State of Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission .