Daniel Finamore is the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum where he has organized over fifteen exhibitions. A graduate of Vassar and Boston University, he received the Dissertation Award from the Society for American Archaeology for his outstanding PhD research. He has conducted archaeological field research from Sable Island to Belize, some of which contributed toward the groundbreaking exhibition and book Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea. He has served on the executive council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, as a director of the Council of American Maritime Museums, on the U.S. National Committee of the Census of Marine Life, and as a director of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies. He has written over 40 articles and chapters for academic and popular publications, and is the author and/or editor of five books. He is currently at work on a project, co-organized with the V&A, on ocean liner design.