Our Board Members

Ken Seligson

President and Membership Coordinator, AIA-LA Society

Affiliation: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Department of Anthropology


Research Interests: human-environment relationships in the Northern Maya Lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Email me: kseligson@csudh.edu

Charlie Steinmetz

Vice President AIA-LA Society

Charles W. Steinmetz is a real estate investor and President of the Steinmetz Foundation that makes grants to literacy and curiosity building educational non-profits in Southern California.

Email me: charlie.steinmetz@gmail.com

Aaron A. Burke

Board Member and Past President, AIA-LA Society

Affiliation: UCLA, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (https://nelc.ucla.edu/person/aaron-burke/https://ucla.academia.edu/AaronBurke)

Research interests: Warfare, migration, environmental change, and social change in the ancient Near East during the Bronze and Iron Ages

Email me: aaburke@ucla.edu

Paul Scotton

Board Member AIA – LA Society and past president.

Affiliation: California State University, Long Beach. Program in Classics.

Research Interests: Paul is Co-Director of the Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Land Project in the Corinthia, Greece. He has been active in the excavation of multiple sites in Greece for over thirty years.

Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Land Project

Email me: Paul.Scotton@csulb.edu

Alba Mazza

Assistant Secretary, AIA-LA Society

Affiliation: The Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum https://getty.academia.edu/AlbaMazza

Research Interests: human-environment relationship, coastal settlements, Mediterranean seafaring, underwater archaeology, climate change, environmental hazards, resilience.

Email me: alba.mazza@gmail.com

Dawn Cox

Public Education Liaison AIA – LA Sociey

Eighth grade U.S History teacher in the Los Angeles area.

Dawn currently works at Lynwood Middle School. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013 from Alliant International University. A love for history and archaeology led to her studying abroad in Florence, Italy. In 2003 she was awarded a teaching fellowship through the conservation group Earthwatch.

Email me: dmichelle1976@yahoo.com

Madeleine Yakal

Graduate Student Liaison, AIA – LA Society

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Maddie is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on Southeast Asia and the Philippines, colonialism, indigenous heritage, paleoethnobotany, landscape archaeology and the human-environment relationships

Email me: myakal@ucla.edu

Lauren Malkoun

Undergraduate Student Liaison, AIA – LA Society

Affiliation: University of Southern California

Lauren Malkoun is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California currently pursuing a double major in Archaeology and Anthropology. 

Email me: malkoun@usc.edu

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