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

Christopher Griffin

Christopher is from County Galway in the West of Ireland. He studied literature at Trinity Col…

Joan Grimbert

Joan Grimbert is Professor Emerita of French and Medieval Studies at Catholic University of America…

Stephanie Grocke

Stephanie Grocke earned her B.A. in Geology from Colby College and her Ph.D. in Volcanology from Or…

David Guinee

David A. Guinee teaches at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he is the Edwin Minar P…

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan M. Hall is Visiting Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Californi…

Sumaiya Hamdani

Sumaiya Hamdani holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Near East Studies Department. Her s…

Ken Hammond

Ken Hammond is a historian with expertise in Asia and the cultural and intellectual history of Chin…

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

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

Jim Harkness

Jim served as President of IATP from 2006 to 2013, traveling frequently to China as part of IATP&rs…

Nancy Harmon-Jenkins

Nancy Harmon Jenkins is a widely recognized authority on Mediterranean cuisines, the Mediterranean …

Regina Harrison

Regina Harrison is a specialist in the language of the Incas, Quechua.  She received her Ph.D.…

Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart earned her Ph.D in the anthropological archaeology of Egypt from the University of V…

Debora Heard

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

Valerie Hedquist

Valerie Hedquist is a professor of art history at the University of Montana. She earned her Ph.D. w…

Richard Hoagland

Ambassador (ret.) Richard E. Hoagland is currently Senior Adviser and a Member of the Board of Dire…

Rab Houston

Professor Rab Houston was an undergraduate at St Andrews and, after six years in Cambridge as a res…

Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell is an ancient historian and an archaeologist. She previously worked at BBC Tele…

Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author, a former university professor, and a professional journa…

Keith Huxen

Dr. Keith Huxen is a historian at the Henry Jackson Foundation working in support of the Defense PO…

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue U…

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