Dr. David W. Penney, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

David W. Penney is the associate director of museum scholarship, Exhibitions, and Public Engagement at the National Museum of the American Indian. An internationally recognized scholar, curator, and museum administrator, Penney came to the Smithsonian after a 31-year career at the Detroit Institute of Arts where he last served as vice president of exhibitions and collections strategies. Penney has taught at Wayne State University since 1988 and holds a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University.