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].

All Smithsonian Experts

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada. As a Smithsonian Jou…

Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd is a visiting associate professor of international affairs at George Washington Uni…

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

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

Janice Simon

Janice Simon is Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia, Lamar School of Art, where h…

Greg Smith

Over the last decade, retired California State Park Ecologist and Park Superintendent Greg Smith ha…

Roff Smith

Roff Smith originally trained as a geologist and archaeologist but preferred the world of storytell…

Bob Smolik

Bob Smolik is a veteran diplomat and scholar.  He worked around the world at U.S. Embassies, l…

Rita Sodha

Rita Sodha is a lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Baroda's Faculty…

Pamela Spratlen

Pamela L. Spratlen is a diplomat, public speaker, and consultant following a 30-year career with th…

Marta Staudinger

Marta Staudinger is an artist, art historian and curator. She is the Director and Founder of the La…

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns is a field geologist and geophysicist with over 40 years of experience enthusiastica…

Bob Stieglitz

Robert R. Stieglitz, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, is an archaeologist of Biblical and …

Frederick Stonehouse

Frederick Stonehouse is the author of over thirty books on maritime history many focusing on the Gr…

Benjamin Sutherland

In addition to writing full time for The Economist, the international newsweekly based in London, B…

Paula Swart

Paula Swart is an art historian with expertise in Asian art, culture, and history, and has spent mo…

Adam Tanner

A writer and lecturer, who spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent, Adam Tanner has lon…

Emily Teeter

Emily Teeter received her PhD in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicag…

Paul Tegmeyer

Paul Tegmeyer received his B.A. in Art History from New Mexico State University; his M.A. from Temp…

Sanjaya Thakur

Sanjaya Thakur is associate professor and chair of the Classics Department at Colorado College, whe…

Michelle Thaller

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

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