Recognized multiple times by “Who’s Who of America’s Educators” and recipient of the Alpha Gamma Sigma “Most Outstanding Educator Award” at Santa Monica College, Dr. Brandon Lewis has directed archaeological investigations throughout the Americas for the past two decades. As one of the nation’s foremost Maya archaeologists, Dr. Lewis has distinguished himself through numerous publications, professional presentations, and on-going research in Central America.  Dr. Lewis’ dissertation was chosen by The Society for American Archaeology, the discipline’s most prestigious organization, to be a finalist for the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award in the United States.  Professor Lewis is currently the Co-Director, in collaboration with the University of Texas, for the “Three Rivers Archaeological Project,” in Belize.  This multi-institutional research project is one of the most well-known archaeological programs in Central America and has been featured on the front cover of National Geographic Magazine.  As a lead institution for these projects, Santa Monica College has received international acclaim and is, arguably, the most recognized community college in the field of Latin American archaeology.  As Director of SMC’s Archaeology Program and creator of the Latin American Education Program, Dr. Lewis has provided first-hand international research experience and global citizenship opportunities for nearly 1,000 Santa Monica College students and personnel.