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

Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy served almost four decades as a U.S career diplomat with much of her career spent wor…

Chris Ketcherside

Chris Ketcherside is a professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he has…

William Keylor

Bill Keylor is Professor of History and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Stud…

Nam C. Kim

Nam C. Kim is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the current Dire…

Farina King

Farina King, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is the Horizon Chair of Native American Ecology and Cu…

Ross King

Dr. Ross King is the best-selling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. …

Nadia Kizenko

Nadieszda Kizenko teaches Russian and East European History at the State University of New York at …

Franklin Knight

Franklin W. Knight joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. He was appointed the…

Laurie Koloski

Laurie Koloski traveled to Poland for the first time in 1981, knowing little about the country and …

Dianne Konz

Since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian Journeys groups to Spain and Portugal. She has …

Glenn Kranking

Glenn Kranking is Associate Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus Coll…

Peter Lacovara

Peter Lacovara (B.A. 1976, Boston University; Ph.D. 1993 The Oriental Institute of the University o…

Marta Lamperova

Marta Lamperova has attended the Cannes Film Festival for over a decade and has led several student…

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale grew up on Vancouver Island wondering what the rest of the world was like and has sp…

Stephanie Larson

Stephanie Larson is associate professor of classics at Bucknell University who received her Ph.D in…

Natalie Latteri

Natalie Latteri holds a B.A. in History from the University of California at Davis, a M.A. in Histo…

Roger Launius

Roger D. Launius is former chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and…

Jim Laurie

Jim Laurie is an award winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, who has travelled the world for …

Jean Lawrence

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave Jean ample opportunities to connect and play in the great …

Chris Laws

Chris Laws is an award-winning Teaching Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in t…

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