Maurizio Viano is Assistant Professor of Assyriology at the Department of Historical Studies of the University of Turin and Marie Curie Global Fellow. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the Near Eastern Department of the University of California, Berkeley. He held research positions in various universities across the globe, including LMU Munich, York University Toronto, Tel Aviv University and EPHE Paris. His research activity focuses on two main subjects: the socio-economic history of Late Bronze Age Syria with concentration on land ownership, real property prices and credit system; and Sumerian-Akkadian literature notably the transmission of Sumerian literature to the Western periphery during the Late Bronze Age, i.e. Hattuša, Emar and Ugarit.