Josh Cannon

  • Scholar Mentor

Josh advises students who are interested in applying for scholarships, fellowships, and other awards. While he enthusiastically supports students on any award, Josh is particularly focused on helping students interested in National Science Foundations (NSF) awards, the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, and the Critical Languages Scholarship.

Josh was born in Jefferson City (Green County, PA) and raised in Pittsburgh. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and served for 5 years as an Arabic Cryptologic Linguist, including 2 tours in Iraq. He then enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a Bachelors of Philosophy degree from the Honors College. Immediately after graduating, he went to the University of Chicago to pursue a PhD in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department.

Josh is married and has three boys (two of them, Finn and Loch, pictured above). He enjoys being outdoors. You can usually find him hiking with his sons and chopping wood for his fireplace. Josh was an assistant coach for the University of Chicago wrestling team and is a big fan of amateur wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He will enthusiastically debate you on who would win in any imaginary head-to-head match-up in these sports.

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Education & Training

  • PhD (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), University of Chicago
  • MA (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), University of Chicago
  • BPhil (Anthropology and Linguistics), University of Pittsburgh
  • Diploma (Arabic), Defense Language Institute

Research Interest Summary

Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Historical Geography, Linguistics

Research Interests

Josh is an archaeologist and he has excavated in Chicago, Ithaca NY, Cyprus, and Turkey. His main research so far has been a study of the Hittites, a people who moved into Anatolia (modern Turkey) sometime before the beginning of the 2nd Millennium BC. For the last 4 years, Josh has been exploring the material culture of the Hittites and the indigenous people with whom they interacted when they settled in Central Anatolia. With a focus on pottery and the use of 3D scanning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Josh has been detailing how settlement patterns and social relations changed with the arrival of the Hittites and how these changes continued to develop throughout the 2nd Millennium BC.