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Thomas Emmert

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Thomas Emmert, professor emeritus at Gustavus Adolphus College, is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe with a research focus on the former Yugoslavia. Professor Emmert has also had visiting appointments at the University of Zagreb, the University of Minnesota, and Stanford University. He received his B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and his Ph.D. in Balkan and Russian history from Stanford University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has been awarded research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. His publications include Serbian Golgotha: Kosovo, 1389 (1990) and, most recently, The Scholars' Initiative: Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (2009), a collaborative project of scholars from around the world dedicated to providing an objective analysis of what happened to Yugoslavia at the end of the 20th century. Professor Emmert has taught American undergraduates in semester programs in Zagreb and Berlin and has accompanied several educational trips to southeastern Europe.

What Our Travelers Say

Tom went out of his way to personalize the trip for everyone!

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Old World Europe

Tom is very well versed in the history of the countries we visited and an excellent travel companion.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Old World Europe

Traveling with Smithsonian Expert [Tom Emmert] through Eastern Europe gave us a new appreciation of this vibrant part of Europe.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Old World Europe

Tom Emmert made the trip for me. He brought not only great lectures, with his expertise and skill at lecturing, but great interpersonal warmth and humor when we would all gather socially. He is the reason I will be signing up for the trip to Croatia and Slovenia. Because of his caliber of expertise, I know the trip will be fascinating.

- Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Great European Journey

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