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

In addition to her own adventures, Emily is a guest professor for 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 — and abroad. 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. But book her quickly as her calendar for the coming year is almost full — from the Horn of Africa to India and beyond.

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)

Exploring Tibet with Baby Abu (Photo: Emily O’Dell)

Living with nomadic Tibetan yak herders in Tibet
Spreading ashes in a nunnery in Tibet
Exploring forts in Oman
Summering in Tibet