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

Emilio Cueto

Emilio Cueto is an expert in Cuban culture, especially colonial graphic art and music. He left Cu...

Rab Houston

Professor Rab Houston was an undergraduate at St Andrews and, after six years in Cambridge as a r...

Robyn Keene-Young

Nearly two decades ago, Zimbabwean-born Robyn Keene-Young left her job as an attorney to live in ...

Cathleen Lewis

Cathleen Lewis is curator of International Space Programs and Spacesuits at the Smithsoni...

Lisa Passaglia Bauman

Lisa Passaglia Bauman is an Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University where s...

Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does.  She has...

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada.  He has enjoy...

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

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

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural His...

Luca Zavagno

Luca Zavagno was born in Venice, where he received his B.A. degree in History from the Unive...

All Smithsonian Experts

Patrick Abbott

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

Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman recently retired as the Director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson Cit...

Ana Maria Afzali

Ana Afzali was born in Madrid and lived there until 1984.  She earned her Masters Degree and...

Hugh Agnew

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

David Aguilar

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

Dr. Charles Alcock

Dr. Charles Alcock is Director of Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics in Cambridg...

Douglas Ambrose

Douglas Ambrose is the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis '38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of ...

James Anderson

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

William Bach

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

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