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DC-AIA Election!

posted Mar 15, 2016, 9:47 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 9:50 AM ]
Election season is in full swing --- both on the national level and in our own DC-AIA society! Please take a minute to vote for the 2016 officers and members of the Board of Governors.  In accordance with our Society by-laws, all six officer positions are annual and therefore appear on this year’s ballot. In addition, three of the nine Board of Governors positions, which have terms of three years, are also on the ballot.

This year the Nominations Committee has chosen to put forward all of the incumbents wishing to stand for re-election.  One of the Governors, however, has chosen to leave the Board, and our current Treasurer, Alexis Catsambis, has asked to step down from his office but remain on the Board.  As a result, the Nominations Committee has put him forward to fill the Governor position that is being vacated.


No one has stepped forward to run for Treasurer, and so the Committee has decided to nominate the current president, Jorge Bravo, to serve also as Treasurer pro tempore until a suitable candidate can be found.


Please find below the background information on these candidates.


After you have reviewed the information, you may proceed to vote online.  Using the browser on your computer or mobile device, click on this link and follow the instructions there to vote your ballot.  For each position you may vote for the nominated candidate, or you can select the "write-in" option and enter the name of a candidate of your own choosing.


Online voting is open now and will be available through the end of the day on March 22, 2016.  The voting is anonymous, and you may only vote once. Please direct any questions to me ( or to our Secretary, Lucinda Conger ( I thank you in advance for exercising your right to vote as a member of the Society.

Background Information on Candidates for the 2016 Election

Washington DC Society of the AIA


PresidentJorge Bravo (Incumbent) Asst. Prof., Classics Dept., UMD College Park. B.A. in Classics, Princeton; Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley. Excavated in Greece and Italy, now Co-Director of American Excavations at Kenchreai (Greece). Research interests in Greek cult, ancient athletics, visual culture. AIA service: member since 1991; Vice President, Minnesota Society, 2009-2010; Treasurer, Washington DC Society, 2013-2014, President, 2014-present.
Vice President: Sandra Scham (Incumbent) Near Eastern archaeologist and international development professional. Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Catholic U. Past Editor of Near Eastern Archaeology magazine. Lived in Middle East for 7 years. AIA service: AIA member for more than 40 years; Contributing Editor and Washington Correspondent for Archaeology magazine for the past 15 years; active in Washington DC Society since 2002; Board of Governors member, 2009-2012; Vice-President, 2014-present.


Treasurer (pro tempore):  Jorge Bravo (see above) 


Secretary: Lucinda D. Conger (Incumbent) Retired academic and government librarian. B.A.  in Anthropology (archaeology), Harvard.  In retirement, worked as a volunteer for archaeologist Gus Van Beek at the Smithsonian. AIA service: Washington DC Society Board member, 1996-1999; Hospitality Committee 1998-2001; Secretary, 2001-present; Member, Charles Eliot Norton Society (bequest to AIA).
Assistant Secretary:  Deborah E. Brown (Incumbent) 
Librarian for Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Ph.D. Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr. Fieldwork in Tunisia, Greece, Britain, and the eastern U.S. Interests include household archaeology and “public archaeology.” AIA service: Washington DC Society Board member; 2012-2013; Asst. Secretary, 2013-present, chairperson of the Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group, 2014-present. 


AIA Liaison: Eric Cline (Incumbent) Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History, GWU;  Director, Capitol Archaeological Institute.  Ph.D. Univ. of  Penn. Assoc. Director (USA) of Megiddo (Israel) Expedition; Co-Director, Tel Kabri Project. AIA service: President, Cincinnati Society; founder, San Joaquin Valley Society and Society Trustee; Washington DC Society Board member, 2003-2006, 2007-2010; Vice President, 2006-2007; AIA Liaison, 2010-present.; many national AIA committees and lectureships.



For Board of Governors  (3 positions, each until 2019)

Faya Causey (Incumbent) Head of the academic programs department at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., directing public programs and overseeing the museum's international internship and fellowship programs. B.A., Art History, University of California, Riverside; M.A. and Ph.D, Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Former instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and associate professor at California State University , Long Beach. Lectured and published on a variety of subjects, primarily on amber, antiquity, contemporary art and architects whose work has ancient aspects, and on the history of museums. AIA service: Board of Governors, 2013-Present.


Alex Nagel (Incumbent) Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where he works on ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern collections and archives. M.A., Humboldt-University, Ph.D., University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Curated exhibitions at the Smithsonian on ancient Kazakhstan, ancient Iranian ceramics, the Nile and ancient Egypt. Research and publications concern pigments and polychromy on ancient Near Eastern monuments, particularly at Persepolis in Iran. Other interests include the modern reception of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern material cultures. Board of Governors, 2013-Present.


Alexis Catsambis  Senior Marine Scientist and Principal Policy Advisor with the Naval History & Heritage Command. Ph.D. & M.A. from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. Co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology.  Served as Professional Lecturer at GWU and is currently on the Board of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology. AIA service: Board of Governors, 2013-2014; Treasurer, 2014-2016.