Ellen Belcher

Ellen Belcher

Ellen Belcher
Assistant Professor and Special Collections Librarian
Phone number: 
212 237 8238
Room number: 
Lower Level, Library


Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
PhD 2014 – Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology 
MPhil 1998 – Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
MA 1996  – Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology

Columbia University, School of Library Service
Adv. Cert. 1992 – Preservation of Library and Archival Materials
MS-LS 1990 – Rare Books, Archives and Special Collections  

Drew University
College of Liberal Arts B.A. 1984 – Art History


I am the Special Collections Librarian and the library liaison for Anthropology, Gender Studies,   Art and Music and Accessibility Services.
I am also an archaeologist and art historian of the Ancient Near East. My research is on gender, embodiment, adornment and identity related to the Halaf cultural period in prehistoric Mesopotamia (6th Millennium BCE).  I also excavate in southeastern Turkey and study beads, pendants and figurines from the sites of Domuztepe and Tell Kurdu. And am the bead specialist for the sites of Barcın Höyük and Boncuklu Höyük.