Dr. Aslıhan Yener is a Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Koç University, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute. She received her doctoral degree with her dissertation "Third Millennium B.C. Interregional Exchange in Southwest Asia with Special Reference the Keban Region of Turkey" at the Department of Art History and Archaeology of Columbia University in 1977. From 1980 to 1984, she worked as an assistant professor at Boğaziçi University, and taught Anatolian Archaeology. After teaching as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at City University of New York, Hunter College in 1987, she worked as a research fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University from 1990 to 1993. In 1993-1997, Dr. Yener served as an assistant Professor at the Oriental Institute in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College at the University of Chicago. She worked as a curator of the Syro-Anatolian collections, and a member of the committee to reinstall the East Wing Gallery at the Oriental Institute Museum. Since 2009, Prof. Dr. Yener has taught at the Department of Archaeology and Art History of Koç University.
Prof. Dr. Yener has also directed many excavations in Turkey including Bolkardağ Survey (1981-1986), the excavation of Göltepe and Kestel Mine Excavations in Niğde (1987-1996), the excavations of Tell Kurdu in Antakya (1996-1999), Amuq Valley Regional projects (1995- present), and the excavations at Alalakh (Tell Atchana) in Antakya (2000- present). Her most recent field work has focused on southern Anatolia on surveys in the Amuq valley, Hatay and at the site of Tell Atchana ancient Alalakh. At Alalakh, she is the director of field excavations, which are part of a larger regional project investigating the Plain of Antioch region, which she directs.
She has participated in many national and international congresses, conferences, and seminars, and published numerous articles on archaeology in various national and international Journals. Her most recent books are on field operations: Tell Atchana, Ancient Alalakh. Volume 1: The 2003-2004 Excavation Seasons. Istanbul: Ege publications, 2009; The Amuq Valley Regional Projects. Volume One. Surveys in the Plain of Antioch and Orontes Delta from the Years 1995-2002. Chicago: Oriental Institute Press, 2005; New Perspectives in Hittite Archaeology, Papers in Memory of Hans G. Guterbock. Edited by K.A. Yener and H. Hoffner. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2002; and The Domestication of Metals: The Rise of Complex Metal Industries in Anatolia (c. 4500-2000 B.C.). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000.