David O’Connor is the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Previously, from 1964 to 1995, he was a professor of ancient Egyptian history and archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Curator-in-Charge of the important Egyptian collection of the Penn Museum at that university. During that time, he curated/co-curated several substantial in-house or traveling exhibits (e.g., on the art and archaeology of Abydos; women in ancient Egypt; and ancient Nubia). David O'Connor has degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia (B.A.); University College, London (Diploma in Egyptology); and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D.). His interests include all prehistoric and historic phases of ancient Egyptian art, archaeology and history; he is also a specialist in the culture and archaeology of ancient Nubia and has a broad interest in Egypt's foreign relations in general, and in particular the much under-studied Libyans. David O'Connor's authored/ co-authored books include Ancient Egypt. A Social History (1985); Ancient Nubia. Egypt's Rival in Africa (1993); and Abydos; Egypt's Earliest Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris (2010). Co-edited volumes include Ancient Egyptian Kingship (1995); Amenhotep III. Perspectives on His Reign (1998); Thutmose III. A New Biography (2006); Mysterious Lands(Encounters with Ancient Egypt; 2003); and Ancient Egypt in Africa(Encounters with Ancient Egypt; 2003). David O'Connor has had extensive archaeological experience in the Sudan; in Egypt, he has directed on-going excavations at Abydos since 1964 and has also co-directed with Barry Kemp excavations at the palace-city and gigantic harbor of Amenhotep III at Malkata, western Thebes.