The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia

Cornelia Paraskevas was born in Athens, Greece, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Athens (B.A. in English, 1980). With the help of a Fulbright scholarship, she completed her M.A. in Linguistics at the Univeristy of Kansas (1982). She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Univeristy of Kansas in 1987. Her research interests include language and immigration, the contact zone between grammar and writing, style, and pedagogical linguistics. Since 1989, she has been teaching linguistics and composition theory at Western Oregon University. She is married and has two children.

Erin Passehl-Stoddart is the Digital Projects Manager at the University of Idaho and a former University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian at Western Oregon University. She holds a MSI with a specialization in archives and records management from the University of Michigan and a BA in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erin is an active member of the Northwest Archivists and Northwest Digital Archives. She publishes and presents at forums for archivists, librarians, and the general public on archives and historical research.

Tyler Wayne Patterson studies history and ethnic studies at Lewis & Clark College. He is particularly interested in transportation history, especially the influence mobility has on the landscape. Tyler is the Social Media Manager at The Pioneer Log. 

Paul Pavlich is chair of the History and Political Science Department and pre-law adviser at Southern Oregon University where he was a colleague of Les AuCoin.  He is a member of the Oregon State Commission on Legal Aid. He has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in Political Science from UNLV, and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to teaching at SOU, he practiced law in Portland with Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager and Carlsen and had a brief career in the NFL as a tight end for the Cleveland Browns. 

Nate Pedersen is a Community Librarian with the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon.  He is on the board of directors for the Deschutes County Historical Society and Museum.  Nate also works as a freelance journalist, with publications in a variety of newspapers and magazines.  After growing up in Minnesota, he completed his education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he earned a B. A. in Anthropology and an M. A. in Library and Information Studies.  His website is

David Pelinka is a graduate of Portland State University and has worked as a Systems Analyst at Portland Community College since 1996. His interest in OMSI began in the 1960s, when he visited the Washington Park museum and attended summer science classes there. He currently volunteers at OMSI part-time and is gathering material for a comprehensive history of the museum.

Susan Pesznecker is a fourth-generation Oregonian whose grandparents and great-grandparents settled and farmed the land in what is today known as Malin. She is a registered nurse and a college English teacher, earning an M.A. in nonfiction writing from Portland State University in 2007. Susan currently teaches composition and creative writing at Portland State University and Clackamas Community College. She is the author of Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink (Llewellyn, 2009) and has published nonfiction essays in Oregon Quarterly and Oregon Humanities.

Joe Peterson has taught both History and Education courses at Southern Oregon University, recently authored a history of Ashland, Oregon published by Arcadia Publishing, and works with regional teachers to improve how American History is taught.

Karen Anderson Peterson graduated from Portland, State University and University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in both history and folklore and mythology. She is currently the Oregon Health & Science University archivist where she has served for nearly fourteen years. Ms. Peterson writes extensively on the people and events pertaining to medical education and practice in the Pacific Northwest and the history of OHSU.

K.C. Piccard-Krone heads NW Historical Perspectives, the volunteer group in charge of the Oregon Civil War 150th Commission. She served as president for two consecutive terms of the Friends of History at Portland State University and other area nonprofits.  She is an expert in Oregon pioneer history and designed "Lincoln Bicentennial week at PSU" and "Civil War 150th Tribute to Oregon US Senator Edward Baker" held in Salem on Oct 21, 2011. She has published numerous articles on the Civil War and is a member of the AASLH, founding member of the Oregon Lincoln 200th, and Oregon Assoc of Lincoln Scholars. She is currently writing a book on a history of the mayors of Portland.

Kylie Pine is the collections manager and archivist at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon.

David Pinyerd was born in Oregon and works as a historic preservationist out of his home in Albany.  He received his master's from the University of Oregon in historic preservation with a thesis on the architecture of the U.S. Life-Saving Service in Oregon.  He is a member of the board of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, working to save the artifacts and stories of the Life-Saving Service and the early Coast Guard.

Dana Plautz is a documentary film maker, producer, and new media lecturer. Her projects include the award-winning documentary Artist Response to 9.11 and The Martha Washington and the Women Who Built Her. She produced and researched several of the interactive media installations for the 2006 Portland Armory which underscored the value of architectural preservation to our community. Her writing on the field of art and entertainment have been published in the Leonardo Journal and the ACM Computer in Entertainment Magazine. She also co-authored The New Utilitarian: Examining Our Place on the Motherboard of Ceramics, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Invitational Exhibition. She is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College.

Sandy Polishuk is the author of numerous scholarly and literary articles, interviews, and reviews, including Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). She served as an interviewer, producer, and narrator of the DVD  "Good Work Sister! Women Shipyard Workers of World War II: An Oral History," a production of the Northwest Women's History Project. She has a BA from the University of Washington and an MLS from the University of Oregon. She has taught oral history at Portland State University. She lives in Portland.

Daniel Pope is professor of history at the University of Oregon. He has published books and articles on American advertising, American radical movements, and, most recently, a failed effort to build five large nuclear power plants in the Pacific Northwest, Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Elisabeth Walton Potter, a native of Salem, is a 1960 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. She earned master's degrees in art and architectural history and early American culture at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware. A long-time staff member of the State Historic Preservation Office, she coordinated Oregon's nominations to the National Register of Historic Places until retiring in 1998. She is a contributor of notes on Pacific Northwest architects to biographical dictionaries, and her articles appear in such publications as Vaughan and Ferriday's Space Style and Structure: Building in Northwest America.

Lawrence Wade Powers, Ph.D., was educated in biology (B.S., Wayne State University; M.S., University of Oregon; Ph.D., University of Texas) and taught at City College of New York, University of Mississippi, University of South Alabama, and Oregon Institute of Technology, and was a Research Associate in Department of Invertebrates at American Museum of Natural History. He also conducted field work in behavioral ecology with marine invertebrates in Bermuda, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas and worked at Crater Lake National Park at the Science and Learning Center. His interests are in Oregon history, fauna, geography, and geology. He is currently the Dean of Health, Arts and Sciences at OIT in Klamath Falls.

Dennis M. Powers is emeritus professor of business at Southern Oregon University. He is the author of ten books, numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including published poetry. Among others, his books include The Office Romance—for which he was on a national book tour—and West Coast/Pacific Northwest maritime books as The Raging Sea (the 1964 West Coast tsunami), Treasure Ship (the Brother Jonathan, this Encyclopedia), Sentinel of the Seas (St. George Reef lighthouse), Taking the Sea (the old-time ship wreckers), and Tales of the Seven Seas (about a charismatic sea captain of the nineteenth century) which is being published in 2010. 

Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D. is a Scholar-in-Residence at Portland State University's Portland Center for Public Humanities. Dr. Prince uncovers forgotten historical moments by digging through archives and talking to folks about the good ol' days. She has taught in or spent extensive research time in Turkey, Australia, England, Canada, and throughout the US. She is the author of Portland's Goose Hollow and Culture Wars in British Literature and co-author of Portland's Slabtown.

Jeff Proulx is one of forty recipients nationwide of the 2010 National Academies of Science Ford Fellowship. He is enrolled in the doctoral program at Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus on gerontology. Jeff is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While at Southern Oregon, Jeff was a McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Scholar, a Diversity Scholar and a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology.

Elizabeth Provost is a history consultant and researcher in Portland, Oregon. She earned her master's in history from Portland State University, emphasizing in public history studies. Her master's thesis is titled “The Genesis of Portland’s Forest Park: Evolution of an Urban Wilderness.”