Karina Atudosie


St Cross College



DPhil Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Assyriology) supervised by Professor Laura Quick and Professor Paul Collins. Co-funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Clarendon Fund.


Thesis Title:

Queens beyond Kings: A Comparative Analysis of the Construction of Neo-Assyrian Royal Women and Biblical Royal Women beyond the Books of Samuel and Kings


Educational Background:

BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies (University of Nottingham) 2015-2018

MA by Research Theology and Religion (University of Birmingham) 2020-2021


Research Interests:

Hebrew Bible

Women and gender in the ancient Near East

Royalty, queenship, and power



Museum/object-based teaching at the Ashmolean


Recent Publications:




Conferences and Papers:



  • “Navigating Danger at the Persian Court: Speech, Dress, and Gender in the Book of Esther.” Oxford Postgraduate Conference of Assyriology, University of Oxford (March 2023).


  • “Disrupting Hegemonic Power: Masculinities in the Song of Songs.” Nottingham Biblical Seminar, University of Nottingham (November 2021).
  • “Gender and the Biblical World Roundtable.” With Emily Allsopp, Will Moore, Charlotte Trombin and Eleanor Vivian. Ancient Afterlives Podcast, Episode 10 (November 2021). https://anchor.fm/ancientafterlives 
  • “Power and Vulnerability in the Song of Songs.” Birmingham Biblical Seminar, University of Birmingham (November 2021).