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

Michael Tucker

Dr. Michael Tucker earned his B.A. in Education, British and World History at Dominican College wit…

Matt Turner

From an early age, Matt has been fascinated with the natural world. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and li…

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…

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…

Daniel Warne

Daniel Warne is a Ph.D. candidate in Egyptology at the University of Memphis.  The focus of hi…

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…

Maya Wei-Haas

Maya Wei-Haas is an award-winning science reporter who writes about all things science with a parti…

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…

Flint Whitlock

Flint Whitlock is an award-winning author of dozens of magazine articles and nine books related to …

Katryn Wiese

Katryn Wiese is a professor of Geology and Oceanography at City College of San Francisco, where she…

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