Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History
Department of History
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419
Dr. Jason Tatlock completed his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, focusing on Levantine history, religions, and languages. His research covers a variety of fields and eras from the prehistoric Mediterranean world to the contemporary Middle East. He is especially intrigued by the religious aspects of the cultures he studies as well as their expressions of violence. His diverse interests are embodied well by his dissertation, How in Ancient Times They Sacrificed People — Human Immolation in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin with Special Emphasis on Ancient Israel and the Near East, which examines religiously motivated violence as represented in the material culture and textual traditions of Greece, Anatolia, Syro-Palestine, Egypt, North Africa, and Mesopotamia. A revised version of the manuscript will be published by Eisenbrauns in a series edited by Jeffrey A. Blakely and K. Lawson Younger. A pdf version of the unrevised manuscript is accessible through the University of Michigan.
Dr. Tatlock is also interested in promoting human rights awareness, serving as the faculty advisor for an Amnesty International student group at Armstrong Atlantic State University. In 2008 he co-founded the Armstrong Atlantic State University and Savannah State University Inaugural Student Conference on Global and Domestic Human Rights Awareness. He is currently working with colleagues on the Initiative for Civic Engagement.
Dr. Tatlock is the chair of the Middle East Council of the University System of Georgia and the editor of The Middle East: Its History and Culture (University Press of Maryland, 2012), a project sponsored by the council.