Theo van den Hout is Professor of Hittitie and Anatolian Languages and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Beginning his research in Linguistics, his work gradually began examining cultural historical issues, especially those concerning the Hittite empire of the 13th century B.C. His studied languages include Luwian, Lycian, Lydian, Carian, and more recently Hurrian. His most recent project involves new findings on the Royal Hittite Death Ritual. He serves as the co-editor of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary, and is managing editor of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions.