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.

Featured Experts

Solange Ashby

Solange Ashby received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago with a specializati...

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. A F...

Dianne Konz

Since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian Journeys groups to Spain and Portugal. She ha...

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, photographer, filmmaker, and travel writer ...

Albert Leonard

Albert Leonard Jr. is Professor Emeritus in both the Departments of Classical Archaeology and Nea...

Don Wilson

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

All Smithsonian Experts

Dagný Ívarsdóttir

Born under the ever-lingering midnight sun in the Arctic, Dagný grew up surrounded by expl...

Jennifer Spelman

Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. She received her photogra...

Carlan Tapp

Carlan Tapp is a photojournalist and educator dedicated to documenting the social and environment...

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 is a medievalist who specializes in the history and literature of both Spain and Portu...

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 ...

Brian Aivars Catlos

   Brian A. Catlos earned a PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and c...

Dr. Charles Alcock

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

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