The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Jim O’Connor is a Pacific Northwest native long interested in the processes and events shaping the remarkable and diverse landscapes of the region. He pursued these interests with a B.S. in Geological Sciences at the University of Washington and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Arizona. Since 1990 he has studied regional rivers and landscapes, for the last 18 years with the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center in Portland, Oregon


David Oates writes about nature and urban life from Portland, Oregon. His books include City Limits: Walking Portland's Boundary (OSU Press, 2006), and Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature (OSU Press, 2003). His essays and poetry have appeared in many periodicals, including Orion, Earth Island Journal, Creative Nonfiction, Northern Lights, High Country News, the Oregonian, ISLE, Yellow Silk, and Poetry/LA. His book of essays about asserting joy and creativity in an era of propaganda, lies, and torture is entitled What We Love Will Save Us (Kelson Books, 2009).


Johanna Ogden is an independent historian and activist from Oregon. In 2013 she initiated and was the consulting historian for Astoria’s Ghadar Party Centenary Commemoration. Her publications include “Ghadar, Historical Silences & Notions of Belonging,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2012; “Ghadar’s Oregon Roots,” The Ghadar Movement: Background, Ideology, Action and Legacies (Punjabi Uni: 2013). She is presently writing a book regarding Ghadar’s ties to Oregon.


Kris Olson has degrees from Wellesley College (1969) and Yale Law School (1972). She was a federal prosecutor with U.S. Attorney Sid Lezak (1974-1984), associate dean at the Northwestern School of Law (1984-1994), and U.S. Attorney (1994-2001). Olson was senior counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, retiring in 2003 to write a biography of Kathryn Harrison. She is chair of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and serves on the boards of the ACLU, Artists Repertory Theatre, Lezak Project, Metropolitan Public Defender, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Trust for Public Land, and Westwind Stewardship Group.


Chet Orloff is director emeritus of the Oregon Historical Society and adjunct professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the Portland State University. From 1972 to 1975, he was a teacher in Afghanistan. He is the founder and editor of the journal Western Legal History and was senior editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He has been active in museum and historical agency affairs since 1970 and now operates Oregon History Works, advising and consulting in historical interpretation and public history.


Michael Orr is a Portland-based writer with a particular focus on sports in the northwest. He covers the Portland Timbers for SB Nation and is the author of The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City, USA.


Polly Owen is the Manager of the Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office. The office is comprised of the Hazelnut Marketing Board, which administers Federal Marketing Order 982; the Oregon Hazelnut Commission, which is responsible for production research; and the Nut Growers Society of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, which is the industry trade association. She has worked for the industry since 1995. Prior to that, she raised cattle and sheep and served as Chairman of the National Livestock and Meat Board. She has a degree in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University.