La Follette elected President of the Archaeological Institute of America

Laetitia La Follette, associate professor and chair of the department of history of art and architecture, was elected to a three-year term as President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in January.

Founded in 1879 and chartered by Congress in 1906, the AIA is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology, with some 200,000 members in the United States, Canada and overseas. La Follette has served as Vice President for Cultural Heritage for AIA from 2011 to 2017. In that position, she helped to coordinate testimony by archaeologists at hearings of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, part of the U.S. Department of State, on new requests for and renewals of memoranda of understanding between the U.S. and such countries as Italy, Greece, Peru, Cyprus, Cambodia and China that seek to protect and promote archaeological heritage.