David O'Connor

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.