Michael P. Streck has been professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies and head of the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the university of Leipzig since 2003. His research focuses on the grammar, the lexicon, the onomastics and the literature of the Semitic languages of the Ancient Near East, especially Akkadian (Babylonian-Assyrian), the most important language of the Ancient Near East, and the early Northwest Semitic languages (especially Amorite, but also early Aramaic). He also publishes on nomadism in the Ancient Near East, the relationship between man and nature in Mesopotamia, and the history of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. From 2004 until 2018, he was editor-in-charge of the Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie. Since 2008, he has been working, together with N. Wasserman from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, on the project Sources of Early Akkadian Literature, an online corpus of early Akkadian literary texts.