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].

Featured Experts

Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco Dallmeier is a distinguished scientist and internationally recognized for his expertise i…

Nicholas Jones

Nicholas R. Jones (Yale University) is the former King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center’s S…

Minhazz Majumdar

Minhazz Majumdar is a writer and curator of Indian art, and co-founder of the Earth & Grass Wor…

April Nowell

Dr. April Nowell is a Paleolithic archaeologist, Professor of Anthropology and a Distinguished Lans…

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Tempe Adams

Dr. Tempe Adams is an Australian conservation ecologist who has been based in northern Botswana sin…

Ana Afzali

Ana Afzali is a Spanish-born medievalist and a scholar of the Iberian Renaissance who specializes i…

Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew has been fascinated by the lands and peoples of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia si…

David Aguilar

A naturalist, astronomer, author, and space artist, David Aguilarhas made it his life’s work …

Brian Aivars Catlos

Brian A. Catlos earned a PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and currently holds …

Ed Albin

Dr. Ed Albin holds the positions of Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Space Studies …

David Alder

Growing up in the Salt Lake Valley, David Alder learned to appreciate the surrounding mountains and…

Samuel Amago

Samuel Amago (Ph.D. University of Virginia) teaches courses on modern and contemporary Spanish lite…

Douglas Ambrose

Douglas Ambrose is the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis '38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of Hi…

James Anderson

James Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Ca…

Heidi Applegate

Heidi Applegate is an independent art historian who specializes in 19th-century art, world’s …

Ashley Arico

Ashley Arico is currently the Elizabeth McIlvaine Assistant Curator of Ancient Art at the Art Insti…

Solange Ashby

Solange Ashby received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago with a specialization…

Natasha Ayers

Natasha Ayers received her PhD in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago. She has almo…

Beebe Bahrami

Beebe Bahrami is an award-winning writer and anthropologist who specializes in the intersecting wor…

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer received her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. She now divid…

Sarah Baitzel

Sarah Baitzel is an archaeologist investigating the ritual and social lives of prehispanic And…

Bryan Bates

Bryan Bates has explored and led wilderness trips in the mountains and canyons of the West for 40 y…

Colleen Batey

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Colleen Batey, recently retired from the University of Glasgow, Scotlan…

Neeti Bathala

Dr. Bathala brings almost two decades of experience in higher education, teaching ecology and envir…

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