Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Jeffrey A. Cole

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Jeffrey A. Cole is a Latin American historian. His interest in the region was kindled at the University of Connecticut, where he completed a B.A. and M.A. in history, including a semester at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, México. At the doctoral level, Jeff focused on civil-military relations in Argentina and Chile, the archaeology of the Americas, modern Chinese history, and - primarily -- colonial South American history. He won a Fulbright grant to complete his dissertation research in Perú, Bolivia, and Argentina. Upon receipt of his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, he taught at Tulane, SUNY, Cornell, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith College. Jeff also served as Associate Director of the UMass exchange program with Argentina from 1985 to 1991, during which time he taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer. His last full-time job was as Director of International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. For the last twenty years, Jeff has served as an expert for Smithsonian Journeys (more than sixty tours in all) and as a lecturer on other academic excursions to Latin America.

What Our Travelers Say

Jeff’s excitement and enthusiasm for his favorite places and cultures surely added to our appreciation of the tour. He is so brimming over with stories and history-it was wonderful to have the running commentary as we experienced these places. His energy, insights, and social ability contributed wonderful background and context for our adventure.

- Mary Jane S.

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Upcoming Tours

Patagonian Explorer

17 days | Starting at: $7,769
Feb 10, 2018 - Feb 26, 2018
Oct 16, 2018 - Nov 1, 2018

Argentina and Chile by Land and Sea
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Chile’s Patagonian Frontier

15 days | Starting at: $7,197
Feb 26, 2018 - Mar 12, 2018

With an Optional Extension to Easter Island
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