Alec Lynch

President

Alec Lynch is a member of the Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. He is a fourth year Global Studies Major with Minors in History and African and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to being a member of PAT, Alec is involved in the Bruin Leaders Project on campus, an organization that strives to help students harness necessary leadership skills for the workplace and for everyday life. Alec is also a Research Assistant at the Center For Middle East Development. Alec hopes to attend Graduate school after graduating UCLA, but retains a love for History as it has always been a subject of deep interest for him.

Max Callahan

Vice President

Max Callahan is a third year History major with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He is interested in the intersection between technology and history, and how modern applications of media and tech can change the ways in which history is experienced and taught. When not working as your vice president, Max is an avid surfer and snowboarder, plays guitar in his band Spicy Mango, and enjoys long walks in the rain.

Anna Bretz

Executive Director

Anna Bretz is a member of the Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. She is a fourth year student currently double majoring in Psychology and History. She is involved in the College Honors Program as an Honors Fellow and loves working as a Resident Assistant for Rieber Vista on the Hill. Though she is pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology after her time at UCLA, she has a deep fondness for history and expects to remain a student of the subject for the rest of her life. In her free time you can find her being a coffee snob around LA, listening to extremely niche podcasts, and cooking elaborate dinners in her friend’s apartments.

Sara Eckmann

Editor-in-Chief of Quaestio

Sara Eckmann is the Editor-in-Chief of the 21/22 edition of Quaestio. She is a third-year History Major with a Minor in German. In addition to PAT, Sara is on the executive board of the Pre-Law Society and an editor for the UCLA Undergraduate Law Journal. Sara’s historical interest lies in the literary representations of women in the medieval and early modern periods, a topic she is currently researching as part of a departmental honors thesis. She is so excited to share her love of historical writing in this year’s journal publication!

Alara Aygen

Event Coordinator

Alara is a member of the Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. She is a third year History major with a Minor in European Languages and Transcultural Studies with French. Alara is on the executive board of Dialogue Society, a senior outreach program at UCLA and is involved with the Women’s Empowerment Coalition. After graduation, she wants to pursue a PhD in History. Her favourite historical periods include Revolutionary France, Renaissance Italy, and 20th century US. She loves mythology, Russian classics, and Marvel movies!

Sela Tran

Membership Chair

Sela is a member of the Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. She is a third year student double majoring in History and Psychology. In addition to being a member of PAT, she is also a member of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board and the Academic Affairs Commission of the Undergraduate Students Association Council. She is particularly passionate about American music and film history, which she hopes to pursue in graduate school in order to make historical education more inclusive. She is so excited to share her love of all things history and meet everyone this year!

Henry Gardner

Standards Chair

Henry Gardner is a member of the Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. He is a third-year History major with a Minor in Education Studies. His historical interest lies in South-East Asia with a particular focus on the influences of early-Vietnam in the development of East Asian cultures and societies. While his passion for history remains at the forefront, Henry hopes to one day pursue a career in higher-education, helping up-and-coming students succeed. Outside of academia, he is an avid hiker, backpacker, and student advocate and looks forward to making this year a great one!

Steven-Clyde Bech

Website Editor

Steven Bech is an international student from Germany and served as the Website Editor for Phi Alpha Theta’s Theta Upsilon chapter at UCLA since Feb. 5, 2021. With a major in history (with a special emphasis on military history) and minors in film, television and digital media and anthropology, he plans to accurately combine many historical events with the art of storytelling. Inspired by directors such as Clint Eastwood and Randall Wallace, he aims to become a filmmaker, making it his priority to evoke the same fascination for history in young minds that he feels today. Beyond PAT, he is also part of the UCLA Honors Program, the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), and the UCLA History Honors Program, for which he is conducting a yearlong research thesis on the reactions of East and West Germany to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. He is also a member of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board (HUAB).

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