Headshot of Ken Seligson.

Ken Seligson, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Email: kseligson@csudh.edu
(310) 243-3491

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Archaeology, Anthropology, the Ancient Maya, Human-Environment Relationships, Mesoamerica, Ancient Civilizations

Professional Background

Seligson is an archaeologist who has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Honduras, and Spain. He specializes in human-environment relationships, conservation, and technology in the Maya lowlands of eastern Mexico.

His book, The Maya Marvel: Climate Change and Human-Environment Relationships in the Classic Maya Lowlands (2022) was published by Oxford University Press. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. He has published his research in numerous scholarly journals as well as in more public-facing outlets like The Conversation. He has also appeared in a National Geographic documentary about the Ancient Maya.

Seligson is one of the archaeologists currently using revolutionary lidar airborne laser scanning technology to understand the degree to which ancient Maya communities altered their landscapes.

Seligson conducts archaeological fieldwork in the Maya lowlands every summer.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A.B., History, A.B., Anthropology, Brown University

Related News Stories

New Book Explores the Resilience of the Ancient Maya, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2022

Notes from the Field: Archeological Fieldwork in Yucatán, Mexico, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2021