Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author and former university professor. A seasoned traveler with a sense of adventure, she has lived in 10 countries on 3 continents, traveled through 55 countries across the globe, and logged more than 40,000 miles on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. After completing a bachelor's degree in Government (Soviet and East European Studies) at the University of Texas, she earned graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (specializing in U.S.-Soviet strategic relations) and the University of Texas (Communications). For 18 years she taught for the University of Maryland's education programs in Europe and Asia, including Russia. Sharon was a professor and administrator for the first Russian-American program at universities in Vladivostok and Irkutsk.
She is the author of five non-fiction books, including The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East and a new cookbook, T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks, about the foods of Siberia and the Russian Far East. As editor of Food on the Move: Dining on the Legendary Railway Journeys of the World, she also wrote the chapter on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. As a journalist and independent scholar, she has published more than 900 articles on travel, culture, and food in magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and books, including Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture; Russian Life; Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies; Anthropology of East Europe Review; Mongolian Studies Journal; and several Oxford encyclopedias. Her paper on the foodways of the Siberian Buriats won an international prize at the Oxford Symposium on Food. Sharon has lectured on numerous tours to Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Alaska.