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 on a wide range of maritime subjects. A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, he received the Dissertation Award from the Society for American Archaeology for outstanding PhD research. He has conducted maritime 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. In addition to his most recent exhibition Ocean Liners: Glamour. Speed and Style, co-organized with the Victoria & Albert Museum, he has presented exhibitions of Dutch marine painting, French Impressionist seascapes, JMW Turner and the Sea, maritime photography …and classic horror movie posters from the collection of the lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Metallica.
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, including Maritime History as World History.