Taking a break from research in St. Petersburg (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

In addition to her own adventures, Emily leads tours to the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia for professional and academic travel organizations, such as the Harvard Alumni Association, Commonwealth Club of California, and the Columbia Alumni Association. Her ability to share her knowledge of history and world cultures is evident from her successful teaching record at Harvard, Brown, Columbia, and AUB. She has written about her adventures on the road for The New York Times, Salon, NPR, Al Jazeera, and Huffington Post.

Emily has conducted in-country research in and/or visited the following countries & territories:

Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Oman, Mali, Bhutan, Indonesia, Tanzania, China, Malaysia, Egypt, Iceland, Russia, Lebanon, Tunisia, India, Greece, Estonia, Turkey, Qatar, Morocco, Tajikistan, Zanzibar, North Korea, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, South Korea, Armenia, Jordan, Colombia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Kenya, Republic of Karakalpakstan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Kazakhstan, Germany, United States, England, Dominican Republic, Georgia, and Canada.

She is available to lead group and private tours around the world. Just back from a journey through the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia), she is now off to Mongolia for a summer fellowship (4th summer in Ulaanbaatar).

Exploring Oman (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Church of St. George in Ethiopia (Photo: Emily O'Dell)


Docking in Kumzar (Photo: Emily O’Dell)

Tiger's Nest in Bhutan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

At work in Sudan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Wandering through Afghanistan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Relaxing with camels in Turkmenistan (Photo: Emily O

Exploring Syria (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Exploring Esfehan, Iran (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Studying deer stones in Mongolia (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

At home in Oman (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Cruising the Karakorum Highway in Xinjiang (Photo: Emily O'Dell)