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 [email protected].

Featured Experts

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs is a historian with special expertise in Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Norman s…

Debora Heard

Debora Heard is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology specializing in Nubian Archaeology at the Univers…

Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astrophysicist with over two decades of science communication experience…

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural Histo…

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Ana Maria Afzali

Ana Afzali is a medievalist who specializes in the history and literature of both Spain and Portuga…

Hugh Agnew

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

David Aguilar

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

Brian Aivars Catlos

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

Douglas Ambrose

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

James Anderson

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

Ashley Arico

Ashley Arico received her PhD in Near Eastern Studies with a focus in Ancient Egyptian Art and Arch…

Solange Ashby

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

Beebe Bahrami

Beebe Bahrami is an award-winning writer and anthropologist who specializes in the intersecting wor…

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer received her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. She now divid…

John Baines

John Baines received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He was Professor of Egyptology th…

Sarah Baitzel

Sarah Baitzel is an archaeologist investigating the ritual and social lives of prehispanic And…

Bryan Bates

Bryan Bates has explored and led wilderness trips in the mountains and canyons of the West for 40 y…

Colleen Batey

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Colleen Batey, recently retired from the University of Glasgow, Scotlan…

Bryce Beemer

Bryce Beemer has lived, worked, and researched in Southeast Asia for more than seven years, primari…

Craig Benjamin

Craig Benjamin is a Professor of History in the Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State Univers…

Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is the Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, New York. S…

Tim Blanning

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

Peter Bobrowsky

Peter Bobrowsky is a professional archaeologist and geologist with 40 years of experience working a…

Thomas Bremer

Thomas Bremer is a renowned expert on the history, culture, religion, and contemporary situation of…

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