Associate Director: Dr. Helen Malko

Dr. Helen Malko joined ACOR in March 2021 as associate director for fellowships and programming. Before joining ACOR, she worked at Columbia University in New York City, where she managed various academic programs and projects in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Middle East Institute. Most recently, she was a program manager at the Columbia Global Center in Amman, where she oversaw the Mellon Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars.   

Dr. Malko has been awarded multiple fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies). Her research centers on archaeology and cultural heritage of the Middle East, cultural representation in museums, and ideas of historical consciousness. ​Dr. Malko holds a PhD in anthropology and archaeology from Stony Brook University and a master’s degree from Baghdad University. She has conducted fieldwork in Turkey and Iraq and is a member of the Columbia University Project Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments.

For more information on Dr. Malko’s research and publication, see her page on


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