Duane H. King
Vice President for Museum Affairs and Director of Gilcrease Museum
Duane H. King, Ph.D., who has more than 30 years experience in museum administration, oversees the operations of Gilcrease Museum in his role as Vice President for Museum Affairs and Director of Gilcrease Museum. King came to Gilcrease in May 2008 after serving as executive director of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian/Autry National Center in Los Angeles, Calif., since 1995. Recently, he was appointed senior advisor for academic research and program outreach for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
King began his museum administration career in 1975 as director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C., and later as executive director of the Cherokee National Historical Society in Tahlequah.
Prior to joining the Southwest Museum, King served for five years as assistant director for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. He also served as executive director of the Middle Oregon Historical Society in Warm Springs, Ore.
King earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in anthropology, both from the University of Georgia. His dissertation was entitled “A Grammar and Dictionary of the Cherokee Language,” while his master’s thesis was “An Analysis of Aboriginal Ceramics from Eighteenth Century Cherokee Sites in Tennessee.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
In addition to his museum administration experience, King has academic and teaching experience at Western Carolina University, Northeastern (Okla.) State University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Central Oregon Community College and Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College. King has authored, co-authored or edited numerous publications about American Indian culture, history and anthropology that have been featured in the academic and popular press.
King currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Trail of Tears Association in Little Rock, Ark., and the Friends of Sequoyah/Sequoyah Birthplace Museum of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, N.C. and Vonore, Tenn. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Native Peoples Magazine and the advisory board of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California.