SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS

One feature that makes our programs uniquely special is our world-class Smithsonian Journeys Experts. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and affability, these men and women are the secret ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Other tour companies can take you to the most splendid sites, but in the hands of our experts, your journey will take on new meaning. Our Smithsonian Journeys Experts have dedicated entire careers to pursuing personal and professional passions. Their enthusiasm is contagious; their expert guidance consistently brings depth, excitement and substance to the travelers who join them on our tours — and that is the signature of Smithsonian Journeys. We're proud to introduce you to our stars.

To be considered as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, submit your resume and cover letter with areas of expertise to smithsonianjourneys@si.edu, attn: Gloria Baxevanis.

FEATURED EXPERTS

Rose Lee

Rose E. Lee is an art historian, curator, and editor of Asian art whose focus is on the material cultures a...

Terje Leiren

Terje Leiren is Professor of Scandinavian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He ...

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon are biologists specializing in the fields of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Ev...

Rita Sodha

Rita Sodha is a lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Baroda’s Faculty of Fine Art...

Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante, Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Arizona, has eagerly led college age and adult ...

Luca Zavagno

Luca Zavagno is Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Easter...

SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS

Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a long-time Professor o...

Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman began his 32 years career with the National Park Service as a Park Ranger at Dinosaur Nation...

Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew has been fascinated by the lands and peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe since he first walked ...

David Aguilar

A naturalist, astronomer, author, and artist, David Aguilar's expertise is in communicating the wonder ...

James Anderson

James Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina a...

Mary Jo Arnoldi

Mary Jo Arnoldi is Curator of African Ethnology and Arts the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’...

William Bach

William Bach joined the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Vietnam as an infantry officer in 1966.  &nb...

Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, New York. She has lectu...

Robert Berkhofer

Robert Berkhofer is associate professor of history at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.&n...

Boris Berman

Well known to the audiences of more than forty countries on six continents, Boris Berman, Yale Professor in...

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