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

Michelle Thaller

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

Drew Thate

Drew Thate is an avid fisherman and birder, with an extensive knowledge of Central and North Americ…

Yves Thomas

Yves Thomas is professor emeritus of French Studies at Trent University Peterborough Canada, from 2…

Barry Till

Barry Till is a Curator Emeritus of Asian art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in Canada. Wit…

Pepper Trail

Pepper Trail has traveled the world in the course of his studies on the ecology, behavior and conse…

Sharon Ullman

Professor Ullman is a professor of American history at Bryn Mawr College. She received her PhD at t…

Charles Urbanowicz

Charlie Urbanowicz has been traveling throughout the Pacific for more than 50 years.  In 1972,…

Brian Vallo

Brian Vallo is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe in New Mexico. With 30 years’ experience…

Constantine Vaporis

Constantine N. Vaporis is a Professor of History and Founding Director of Asian Studies at the Univ…

Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante, Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Arizona, has eagerly led college age an…

Richard Wainscoat

Richard Wainscoat is an astronomer at the University of Hawaii. He grew up in Australia, studying p…

Jamie Walton

A deep love of wildlife and ecological relationships has inspired Jamie Walton’s development …

Elisabeth Ida Ward

Assistant Curator of the Smithsonian Institution's special traveling exhibition, Vikings: The N…

Ahmad Ward

Ahmad Ward is the Executive Director for the Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park located on Hilton H…

Cameron Watson

Originally from the UK, but having traveled extensively all over the world from an early age with h…

Carrie Weaver

Carrie Weaver is a Mediterranean archaeologist and research affiliate of the University of Pittsbur…

Patrick Wen

Patrick Wen is a Senior Lecturer in the Scandinavian Section at the UCLA.  He studied Outdoor …

Timothy Weston

Timothy Weston is associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he…

Lindsay Whaley

Lindsay Whaley received a PhD in Linguistics in the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is an…

Barbara Whitehead

Barbara J. Whitehead is the A. W. Crandall Professor of History at DePauw University and former Cha…

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