Since 1999, Michael Hammond, Ph.D., has been Executive Director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.
Prior to coming to California, Dr. Hammond was Executive Director of the Museum at Warm Springs in Oregon, another Native American museum. He served in that position for eight years during the fundraising and construction phase. He was also Director of Historic Old Salem, a restored Moravian community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dr. Hammond holds a BA in history from Northwestern University and a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Philosophy, both in anthropology, from Columbia University. He has taught at colleges and universities that include SUNY-Stony Brook, Duke University, and Salem College.
He has over 30 publications and has served on the advisory board for the USS MONITOR and the Council for the American Association for State and Local history. He also served on the Advisory Board for the American Indian Museums Program of the American Association for State and Local History.
Dr. Hammond served as Vice-president for the North Carolina Museums Council and was Chairman of the North Carolina Governor's Archaeological Council. He was on the Faculty of the Seminar for Historical Administration for five years and has been a National Endowment for the Humanities panelist for six years.
He is a Member-at-Large of the Western Museums Association Board of Directors and was awarded the Director's Chair Award from the Western Museums Association in 1998. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and regional museum and professional society meetings.
Dr. Hammond and his family reside in Palm Springs.